Second-hand bookshop recommendations other than in Dublin?
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The Hounds of the Morrigan actually starts in Kenny's Bookshop.
It's not second hand, but I went to an amazing bookshop in Waterford that was inside the old cinema - there was a cafe where the balcony seats used to be, and musicians playing from the projector room. It's worth a visit.
Also, Mealy's Auctioneers, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny hold at least two book auctions every year.
(The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association)
They have a fair coming up on Friday 21 September 2007 (noon to 7) and on Saturday 22 September 2007 (10am-5pm) aat the Freemasons' Hall in Molesworth Street.
Lots of very interesting stuff.
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And as sean2euro mentioned, Bell, Book and Candle, also in Galway, is good in its very different way. Wildly unpredictable selection of second hand paperbacks at arra-why-not-take-a-chance prices. Excellent, quirky selection of old/vintage comics, too.
Slightly off topic, but if you're in Berlin, St George's English bookshop has a good selection of English-language books (mostly secondhand). The kind of slightly US-student-slanted selection you'd expect in Berlin (lots of David Foster Wallace paperbacks), with a thick layer of old English expat Booker-shortlist hardbacks and battered PG Wodehouse Penguins...
St George's also hosts weekly film nights, with beer. And I saw A.L. Kennedy do a splendid stand-up show there last month, with a good supporting lineup of local (German and expat) stand-ups. Well, OK, some of the support acts were rubbish. But a couple were good. (And A.L. Kennedy kicked serious ass. Definitely go see her stand-up, if she's passing through your territory.)
> I'll second Charlie Byrnes, in Galway. Insanely
> great range of second-hand and overstock
> books (loads of gorgeous last-season US
> hardbacks, at good low prices), as well as a
> judicious selection of new Irish and local books.
> And wonderful, witty, intelligent staff. My
> favourite bookshop in the world.
I am afraid that, because every visitor can check your saying and thus will find out for himself that, alas, it is true indeed, in re Charlie Byrne's Bookshop a firm warning is due. Nevertheless, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop is one of the finest and most charming bookshops and bookshop experiences in Ireland (and far beyond).
Cf. my short review at its venue page.
FYI : BB&C is situated at :
Bell Book and Candle
Small Crane, Sea Road,
Galway, Co. Galway
I haven't been out to visit yet - living in Galway I'm too complacent!
Still haven't been over there yet! Shame on me.