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 a number of Book Clubs in the shop. We currently have three adult book clubs: Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Thursday mornings. We also run three children’s book clubs.

At each meeting the bookclubs have a friendly and relaxed (but rousing!) chat about the the chosen book for that month.
Charlie Byrne’s Book Club started back in February 2013 with Old Filth by Jane Gardam. The members are a mix of men and women, ages 20-something-ish to 70-something-ish, and always welcome new members of all ages, genders, and reading tastes.

 A new Non-Fiction Bookclub running in the place of the Travel Bookclub which used to run on the third Thursday of the month. The first meeting is Thursday 24th February when we will be reading Motherwell by Deborah Orr. Any expressions of interest can be made to . Next meeting will be March 24th.

Anyone interested in joining the book clubs can call into the shop and we will put you in touch with the other members.

You don’t even have to come to the meetings to read along, there’s a 10% discount for everyone on the current month’s book club pick!

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 Morning Book Club

We are reading: Motherwell by Deborah Orr

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 24th, 6pm-7pm

Wednesday Morning Book Club

We are reading: Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 9th, 10 am-11am

Tuesday Evening Book Club

What we are reading: Still Life by Sarah Winman

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 1st, 6pm-7pm