Events & Book Clubs


As a cultural hub in Galway City, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop regularly hosts book launches, literary events, book signings, and readings. Over the last thirty years, Charlie Byrne’s has held hundreds of book launches and readings featuring some of Ireland’s best loved novelists, poets, photographers, and writers of non-fiction, as well as a diverse range of international literary events.

We’ve got all the ingredients for perfect book launches: our Middle Street shop lends the perfect atmosphere to events; we have facilities for serving wine and other cold beverages; we can create beautiful displays of books; our enthusiastic staff help create memorable, well-organised events; and our wonderful customers can be counted on to make the night a success! Feel free to contact us to arrange an event our launch.

Book Clubs

Charlie Byrne’s regularly hosts several Book Clubs in the shop, both for kids and adults. . We currently have the following adult book clubs:

  • First Tuesday of every month, from 6pm to 7pm ( literary fiction)
  • Second Wednesday of every month, from 10am to 11am ( A mix of fiction and non-fiction)
  • Third Thursday of every month, from 6pm to 7pm ( travel writing/non-fiction). This book club will resume in September.
  • Last Wednesday of every month, a fantasy book club will be hosted in the shop starting September; more information to follow soon.

We also run three children’s book clubs which will resume in September

At each meeting the book clubs have a friendly and relaxed (but rousing!) chat about the chosen book for that month.
Any expressions of interest can be made to or you can call into the shop for more information. There is also a 10% discount for every book club member on the books selected for any current book club!

You can also keep up to date with the Charlie Byrne’s Book Club on our Facebook group page for book club members!

We’re currently reading:

Thursday Evening Book Club

We are reading: South, The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 15th, 6pm-7pm

Wednesday Morning Book Club

We are reading: Without Warning & Only Sometimes by Kit de Waal

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 12th, 10am-11am

Tuesday Evening Book Club

What we are reading: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 11th, 6pm-7pm

The Fantasy Book Club

What we are reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 28th, 6pm-7pm