gay bookstores in Dublin

I check my stats regularly, to a point where it could be considered unhealthy. I also check referring URL's, just not as often. The WordPress graph for this blog has been fun to watch, traumatic at times, and the continuing growth in readers is encouraging and daunting. The referrals list has always been my favourite however – how did people find me?

Currently the largest search that has linked here has been 'gay bookstores dublin'. I have never posted about gay bookstores in Dublin – so for the benefit of those looking, here's a quick list.

Anthology Books; A small, friendly and very active bookshop in the centre of Temple Bar. Hosts events regularly and has a wide and eclectic range of books, journals, magazines and other bits.

Books Upstairs; Another small bookshop, opposite the gates of Trinity College. Very approachable and interesting staff with a large interest and participation in Irish literature.

Chapters; A great place if you have a few hours to lose browsing, rummaging and reading. With a basement full of second hand books, a floor for music/cinema and a huge selection of books in all genres.

Outhouse; I don't think Outhouse actually sell books, but if you are looking for reading material then it's library is certainly worth a visit. Or just have a drink in the coffee-shop, the hot chocolate is quite good!

That's all I can think of at the minute, there might be a few new stores opened since I left. If there are any that I missed please link them in the comments. GCN (Gay Community News) is also worth a look, with news, events, reviews and a very active and interesting forum. It also has the Little Gay Map Of Dublin – no explanations needed. Most of the larger bookstores in the city (Easons, Waterstones, Reads, Hughes & Hughes, etc.) have queer sections which might also be useful.

I hope this was useful!

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5 Responses to “gay bookstores in Dublin”


  1. 1 tipster June 9, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    Waterstones on Dawson street also has a (tiny) gay section.

  2. 2 litlove June 12, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    I am also an unhealthy stat checker. There ought to be an internet site set up – stat checkers anonymous – it’s only fair having got us addicted!

  3. 3 Barbara Smith June 13, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    Well, that wee article is sure to get you noticed! ;¬)

    Stats are quite addictive too – amazing what you can throw up when you dig deep. Good luck with your move back home BTW!

  4. 4 vicky June 13, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    I’m awful at stat checking, have to try and limit myself 😉 I’d join stat checkers anon in a second!

  5. 5 pb. January 7, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Anthology books are closing the shop in Temple Bar – more here: http://www.poetbloggs.net/blog/?p=72


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