Galway shop books the trend!

Charlie Byrne and Vinny Browne outside the bookshop in the Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway.
Charlie Byrne and Vinny Browne outside the bookshop in the Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway.

One of the country’s leading destinations for bookworms and readers has been officially recognised as the top independent bookstore in Ireland.
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Middle Street in Galway city has won the Best Independent Bookshop in Ireland in the British and Irish Book Awards.
The store – a treasure trove for book lovers – has defied the global move towards digital readers by continuing to focus on the quanity and quality on its shelves, as well as providing a haven for authors and readers alike.
Proprietor Charlie Byrne credits the great staff of the bookshop over many years as being instrumental in the winning of the award.
He also acknowledged the great local customer base which has very loyally supported the shop over the years.
Charlie Byrne’s is an independent bookshop which this year celebrates 30 years of serving the community since opening in a small premises in Dominick Street in 1989.
Forty-eight bookshops from nine regions competed to win in their local area, before vying for the overall prize. The final award will be given out at the British Book Awards ceremony, run by The Bookseller, in Grosvenor House, London on May 13.