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).
  • Last Wednesday of every month, from 6pm to 7pm (fantasy).
  • An tríú Céadaoin den mhí, ó 6 go 7 i.n. (Club Leabhar Gaeilge) 

We also run three children’s book clubs. You can email the shop for more informations.

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: A Brief History of everyone who ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 16th, 6pm-7pm

Wednesday Morning Book Club

We are reading: Chronicles, vol 1 by Bob Dylan

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 8th, 10am-11am

Tuesday Evening Book Club

What we are reading: The Romantic by William Boyd

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 7th, 6pm-7pm

The Fantasy Book Club

What we are reading: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 22nd, 6pm-7pm