Galway has a penchant for independent retailers; sure, you’ll find most of the same names as you would in other corners of Ireland on the high street, but they’re spread around an abundance of quirky, inventive and – let’s be honest – far more loveable local businesses. The book scene is no different: Easons (the big Irish bookselling brand) are present and correct, but you’d probably rather check out this little heap of paper lovers.
Moycullen (Maigh Cuilinn) is an Irish language village of around 1,500 people, though fear not as there’s plenty here in English. The Moycullen Bookshop, in fact, is a real community hub, hosting book clubs, as well as embracing arts and crafts and selling products for local schools. It is essentially a charming little corner of a really unique community.