# Siopaí Leabhair i nÉirinn
Bookstores in Ireland

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This is really a list of stores in Ireland that do mail order of Irish langauge books. Don't forget that prices are in Irish pounds.

Name Áis
Address 31 Sráid na bhFíníní
Baile Átha Cliath 2
Phone616522, 616259
Catalog(s) Stocliosta - Lúnasa 1990 (54 pages of title, author, publisher classification, and price. Really packed!)
An Léitheoir, Uimhreacha 20-26 (8 pages, Irish and English)
Language(s) (I)
Notes Full name: Áisínteacht Dáiliúchán Leabhar (Book Distribution Centre). This an official government book distribution site. See also An Siopa Leabhar.

From a note enclosed in the Stock-list (August 1990): "The prices in this stock-list are out of date, but it'll give you some idea on what we have in stock as well as prices."

From the Stocliosta: "Virtually every Irish language book in print is available from Áis except the prescribed textbooks for Irish as a subject."

"An Léitheoir" appears to be a quarterly publication of 8 pages put out by Bord na Gaeilge. It has short descriptions of new Irish books (the descriptions are in both Irish and English), on 5 of the pages. Two pages are devoted to a single article, with an English summary. I don't know if I got on the mailing list for this or not, as I haven't received any issues after the ones they sent with the catalog (Summer 1992).

Name Cairde na nGael
Address 3 Garrán Ghleann Sceiche
Ard Aidhin
Baile Átha Cliath 5
Phone(01) 313333
Catalog(s) Catalóg Foclóirí (An Gúm)
An Chéad Dá Chéad (Coiscéim)
Catalóg 3. 1993/94 (Cló Iar-Chonnachta Teo.)
Foilseacháin (ITÉ)
Sladmhargadh Leabhar (Eolas Pobail)
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Leabhair do Pháistí (An Gúm)
Language(s) (I)
Notes They sent me a collection of catalogs from various Irish language publishers. Any of the items in those catalogs are available from CNG. See the listings for the individual publishers for more info on their catalogs. They also sent a copy of An Léitheoir (ÁIS)

Name Cló Iar-Chonnachta Teo.
Address Indreabhán
Co. na Gaillimhe
Phone(091) 93307
Fax(091) 93362
Catalog(s) Iúil '92 (8 pages)
Leabharliosta CIC 1991 (3 pages)
Catalóg 2. 1991 (32 pages)
Catalóg 3. 1993/94 (40 pages)
Language(s) (I)
Notes The 1991 catalog contains: Short stories, novels, poetry, history, children's books, grammars, fiction for teenagers, music cassettes, books on cassette, postcards, stickers, etc. Descriptions in Irish and English.

The Iúil '92 (July '92) contains newly release books and cassettes, descriptions in Irish and English. Includes "The Quiet Man Quiz 1000," a book of 1000 questions about the movie. Doesn't say if the book is in Irish or English though.

The 1993/94 catalog (bigger and better than ever!) is similar to the 1991 catalog descibed above. A list of books coming out soon, some new entries in the "Irish Language Learning Aids" section, and some video tapes (at least 2 of them i nGaeilge) round out this very nice catalog.

Postage to the US is a bit high, 30% of the cost of the books (postage within Ireland is free, to the U.K. 10%, to other EC coutries 20%, and to Aust./Japan 35%). But they take VISA / Mastercard, which is a big plus in my book.

Name Coiscéim
Address 127 Bóthar na Trá
Baile Átha Cliath 4
Catalog(s) Leabharchatalóg "An Chéad Dá Chéad ó Coiscéim" (13 pages)
Language(s) (I)
Notes Poetry, novels and short stories, children's books, quiz books, memoirs, reference works, and a list of works coming soon.

Name Greene's Bookshop Ltd.
Address 16 Clare Street
Dublin 2
Phone(01) 762554
Fax(01) 789091
Catalog(s) Number 33 (21 pgs)
Number 34 (22 pgs)
Language(s) (I)
Notes They take VISA / MasterCard. Payment on receipt of books.

They mostly sell used books, so the catalog appears to be what is in stock at the moment. Each page of the catalog is packed with approx. 40 1-line titles and blurbs. Most books in English but there are some Irish titles listed here and there. Lots of old books as well - sounds like my kind of bookstore!

Name Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann
The Linguistics Institute of Ireland
Address 31 Plás Mhic Liam
Baila Átha Cliath 2
Phone(01) 765489
Fax(01) 610004
Catalog(s) Foilseacháin
Language(s) (I)
Notes Lots of reports about languages in Ireland - the state of Irish in the country, the teaching of Irish in schools, etc. "Wie Geht's : Leagan Gaeilge" (Irish language version of the German textbook), and similar for French, Italian, Spanish. Some books for learners of Irish.

Teangeolas is the Journal of the Institute. It is published twice yearly, and is free. It is bilingual.

Name Kenny's Bookshops & Art Galleries, Ltd.
Address High Street
Phone 011 - 353 - 91 - 610141 (Direct Dial from USA)
Fax011 - 353 - 91 - 68544
Catalog(s) Cassettes (25 pages)
Irish Language (6 pages)
Irish Local History, Catalogue 233 - December 1991 (62 pages)
New Books Published in Ireland, Jan. to Dec. 1991 (39 pages)
Language(s) (I)
Notes All books fully on approval. Give them your credit card number, area(s) of interest, and a price limit, and they will send you recently published books every other month that match your interest.

They take all major credit cards.

Other catalogs available: Church in Ireland; Irish Law - New Books; Irish Poetry; Irish Drama; etc.

Their Irish Language listing contains 69 books, including the major dictionaries and grammars, as well as aids to composition and dialect study. Several books on Old Irish as well.

Name Leabhar Gaeilge
Address Bosca 2559
Baile Átha Cliath 1
Catalog(s) Leabhair Liosta 11
Leabhair Liosta 12
Leabhair Liosta 13
Language(s) (I)
Notes Each of the lists is a couple of pages. Some words from the author of the list (all in Irish), and three sections: Doughlas Hyde, Údair Cúige Uladh, and Liosta Ginearálta. Some of the books I thought sounded interesting:

"Dánta Éagsamhta" le Dubhglas de hÍde. Poems of Irish, Scots Gaelic, French, German & Italian translated into English with parallel text of each language and English.

"Rubáiiát Omár Calláin Ó Náisiúnta", Torna do chur i nGaeilge ó aistriú Bhéarla Eadbhaird Mhic Gearailt 1920.

Name The O'Brien Press
Address 20 Victoria Road
Dublin 6
Phone(01) 923333
Fax(01) 922777
Catalog(s) O'Brien Books (32 page pamhplet)
Language(s) (I)
Notes Lots of cute and interested books, cook books, crossword puzzles, children's stories, etc. Almost all in English though 8-(. The entries that get them into my list are:

"The Cat's Pyjamas" McDonald's Young Writers Competition winners. Stories of a hungry vacuum cleaner, a very unusual first job, even an exploding grape. And lots of poetry, plays and prose in Irish and English. Royalties to the Irish Children's Book Trust. IRL#4.50.

"Faery Nights/Oícheanta Sí" A side by side Irish/English edition of 4 short stories that take place on ancient Irish festivals. Billed as for 7 to 10 yr olds, but it's one of my favorites.

"The Decó Series" 3 books, each 48 pages, short stories for young adults.

They take VISA / Mastercard, 15% for postage, 25% for airmail.

Name Read Ireland
Address 342 North Circular Road
Dublin 7
Phone +353-1-8302997
Catalog(s) Their online catalog of Irish language books.
Language(s) (I)
Notes "Welcome to Read Ireland - the only Internet Bookstore dedicated exclusively to Irish interest books"

Prices are in Irish pounds (with estimated costs in dollars), but they take VISA and you can order online. Shipping is IRL£3.50 for the first book and £1.50 each for the rest.

Name An Siopa Leabhar
Address 6 Sráid Fhearchair
Baile Átha Cliath 2
Phone 783814
(01) 757401
Catalog(s) Catalóg de Leabhair Scoile 1989/90 (56 pages of books from An Gúm. In Irish.)
Catalóg d'Fhoghlaimeoirí 1991 (4 pages. Descriptions in English)
Language(s) (I)
Notes It is mentioned in the Catalóg de Leabhair Scoile that teachers, tutors, and students can order items in the catalog from ASL, booksellers and schools from Áis (see Áis above).

Checks/Bank drafts payable (in Irish currency) to Clódhanna Teoranta.

The "Catalóg d'Fhoghlaimeoirí" (Catalog for learners) has lots of technical books - terminology, dialect studies, and grammar books that I haven't seen in the USA bookstores. This is in addition to the complete courses, dictionaries, novels, etc.

The "Catalóg de Leabhair Scoile" (Catalog of school books) contains text books for children in primary and high school. The books are in Irish, and cover subjects such as: music, theatre, science, math, history, languages (Irish, German, French, Latin), geography, carpentry, economics, and more.