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.

Children’s Storytime

Storytime takes place every Saturday from 11am – 12pm with Méabh, our Children’s Book Manager. Méabh reads an assortment of brilliant picture books to the children over the hour, entertaining them in our iconic Children’s Section. Storytime is unticketed and all are welcome. Best suited for children 2-6yrs.

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: From Tip to Top by Peter Murtagh

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 20th, 6pm-7pm

Wednesday Morning Book Club

We are reading: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 10th, 10am-11am

Tuesday Evening Book Club

What we are reading: Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 2nd, 6pm-7pm

The Fantasy Book Club

What we are reading: The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 26th, 5.30pm-7pm