Charlie Byrne’s Wins Prestigious Bookshop Award

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop of Middle Street, Galway, has today won the Ireland category in the prestigious Nibbies awards, also known as the British Books award.

Known as the “Bafta’s” of the books trade, the Nibbies have been running since 1990 and are endorsed and supported by reputable organizations in the publishing industry, including The Publishers Association, The Booksellers Association and the Independent Publishers Guild.

Vinny Browne, manager of Charlie Byrne’s, credits his stores success to the unique ambiance and experience of browsing through the shop. The eclectic offering of titles and genres, as well as stocking new, used and antiquarian books, adds to the uniqueness of the premises.

“It is a huge honour to win this award,” he enthused.

“The reason I think we won it, is because the experience of coming and browsing and finding books you didn’t know you wanted until you saw them,” he added.

Creating a community of loyal customers, organizing a book club and staging book launches are, according to Brown, further reasons why Charlie Byrne’s were chosen as the 2019 Irish category Nibbies award winners.

Started in 2013, Charlie Byrne’s book club has gone from strength to strength and its popularity has seen it divided into Tuesday and Wednesday book clubs. The Tuesday Book club meets on every second Tuesday between 18:00 & 19:00. The Wednesday Book club sits every second Wednesday between 10:00 & 11:00.

“What we try and do is create an environment for people to enjoy the reading experience. That’s what we’re all about,” Brown added.

Charlie Byrne began selling quality books from a stall in Galway Market in 1989. After three successful years – including a stint renting a premises in Dominic Street – Charlie Byrne’s moved to Middle Street. In 1996, however, further progress saw them relocate across the road to the Cornerstore Mall which they have called their home since.

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