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The Books Ireland festive guide to book-buying

With shops closed until early December and many people having to rethink their usual approach to Christmas shopping, we have compiled the following shopping guide to aid your festive book-buying.

Note: this list is by no means exhaustive and we invite additions or updates. If you have a great Christmas offer or unique lockdown service please get in touch! Contact: caoimhe@wordwell.ie.

Kenny’s Bookshop


Kennys.ie is the online bookstore of Kennys Bookshop in Galway, founded 1940. They are an independent, family business with 200 years of experience as booksellers providing a personal customer service from our bookshop. They are also big supporters and users of the Irish language – is féidir séirbhís a fháil trí Ghaeilge le Kennys.

  • Free delivery anywhere in Ireland.
  • Shipping worldwide – 120 countries
  • Signed first editions.
  • Is féidir séirbhís a fháil trí Ghaeilge le Kennys.
  • Gift vouchers available.

 +353 (0)91 709350 | books@kennys.ie

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop


Located in the heart of Galway city, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop was founded in 1988 by Charlie Byrne, and is packed with over 100,000 new, bargain and secondhand books.

Gift shop includes Charlie Byrne socks, gift vouchers, notebook sets, and a ‘build your own Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop’.

Offering ‘click & collect’, and national/worldwide shipping.

info@charliebyrne.ie | 091 561766

Books at One


Books At One in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo was established by The One Foundation in 2016 and has become an integral part of the social and economic fabric of this small town on the West coast. While primarily a bookshop, their offering has expanded to include a workshop space, a printing operation and a co-working space, all driven by the needs of our community.

Offering free local delivery, shipping nationwide or click and collect.

098 66885 |  info@booksatone.ie

The Company of Books


Founded in 2009, an independent bookshop in the heart of Ranelagh, Dublin 6 with an eclectic mix of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Browse and order books online here. We offer Click & Collect in store as well as free delivery within 2km of Ranelagh and nationwide posting available.

Collection Hours: Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm

Providing personal recommendations by phone 01 4975413 & e-mail info@thecompanyofbooks.ie.

Tales for Tadpoles


We are a small Dublin-based company, celebrating children’s books and illustration from around the world. We sell beautiful books, stationery, prints and related products for people of all ages, from classic illustrators to contemporary ones. Offering a wide range of children’s book and themed gift ideas from prints, cushions and porcelain.

Free shipping on all orders over €50 or Click and Collect. 47 Drury Street, Dublin 2

(01) 679 2155

Dubray Bookshops


While our shops may be closed in line with government restrictions, we are working behind closed doors to fulfil your orders with FREE delivery on orders over €20. Our booksellers are also happy to take your orders over the phone and you can avail of our click & collect service at your local Dubray.  If you need a little help with Christmas gift recommendations, we can provide advice to you from the comfort of your home with our phone or email Gift Consultant Service.

The Dubray Christmas Catalogue is available here.

Books Upstairs


Our mystery book bundles are specially curated to your individual tastes.
Each unique book bundle contains three titles selected by us according to your chosen theme.

Whether you’re into politics or fiction, there’s a book bundle waiting for you. And our children’s book specialist is on hand to advise on everything from picture books to teenage fiction! Get a bundle with a book you already own? You can exchange it for any book of the same retail price. 

Shipping on all book bundles is €2.95. Contact the shop for recommendations, gift cards or to arrange click and collect. +353 (0) 1 6778566 | shop@booksupstairs.ie

Gutter Bookshop


We are an independent bookshop based in Dublin, Ireland. Our original store opened on Cow’s Lane in Temple Bar in 2009, and we opened our second shop in Dalkey, a seaside village in South Dublin in 2013. Free shipping for orders over €30. Click and collect also available.

  • Signed first editions
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Totes, mugs and jigsaws

The Gutter Bookshop Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
 (01) 679 9206 | info@gutterbookshop.com

The Gutter Bookshop, 20 Railway Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
(01) 2859633 | dalkey@gutterbookshop.com

MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland


From beautiful books and quirky Christmas gifts (see James Joyce Christmas Tree Decoration!) to literary themed lip balms and candles, there’s a lovely range of stocking stuffers and Christmas gift ideas on offer for the book lover in your life.

Gift-wrapping is available and items can be click and collected, or posted out. +353 1 4779 811 |  hello@moli.ie

Irish Georgian Society Bookshop


Christmas Gift Ideas.

Click and collect service available from the City Assembly House in December for all online purchases! Worldwide shipping available – Christmas postal dates for An Post noted here.

Online gift shop includes a wide range of Books, Journals, Scented candles, coasters and Greeting Cards.

shop@igs.ie | 01 679 8675

At It Again


Discover fun and poignant literary cards and gifts for Christmas. Send Christmas cards based on James Joyce’s Ulysses and Dubliners to your loved ones or fill their stockings with our pocket guides and notebooks. There is also some gift sets based on Dracula, Gulliver’s Travels and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Celebrate Irish literature and support Irish small business and #madelocal!

+353 (0)866 695940 | info@atitagain.ie

Poetry Ireland Gift Membership


A great gift idea this festive season for the poetry lover amongst your circle of friends and family. Or indeed, a lovely present to purchase for yourself!

Poetry Ireland’s Friend and Patron memberships help support the vital work of the organisation in connecting poetry and people, of all ages and backgrounds across the island of Ireland.

A membership will make sure you stay close to Irish poetry with access to exclusive events, advance booking and discounts, subscriptions to publications and limited-edition gifts, varying per membership tier. 

087 9927546  | comms@poetryireland.ie