Annual Kilkenny city winter book fair

Over 5,000 books as well as medals and coins for sale

Sean Keane

Reporter:

Sean Keane

Email:

sean.keane@kilkennypeople.ie

Kilkenny Winter Book Fair on Saturday, January 19

A contented browser at last year's book fair in the Club House Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny

The annual  winter book fair will be held in the Club House Hotel, Kilkenny on Saturday, January 19 from10.30am to 5.30pm. There will be 10 booksellers in attendance from all over Ireland with an eclectic mix of  books, pamphlets, maps and ephemera.

Topics and titles covering such subjects as  history, military, topography, biographies and  politics will be on display. Many of the antiquarian collections are from 200 to 300 years old.

Upwards of 5,000 books will be there for avid and average readers to peruse. Included also are two coin and medal  stands displaying many rare and collectible items from the past and present.

These items are being offered for sale by Seamus O’Connor Dublin and Kieran O'Brien from Wexford. These two coin specialists  have attracted great interest in the past couple of years and many new enthusiasts have been impressed by the collections on view. A  collection of maps, charts and topographical prints both local and national are also included by several dealers.

Local Kilkenny History publications printed over the past century will also be for sale at very reasonable prices. Booksellers from other adjoining counties will also have a similar selection of historical works. Many topographical publications covering most of the 32 counties will also be on offer. Local and National writers of both fiction and non-fiction will also be available such as Donal Mc Cauley, Frances Mc Manus, John B Keane, John Bradley and John Kirwan .

Back issues of annual publications  like the Old Kilkenny Review, The Irish Sword, The Steeple and many more will be of interest to many collectors.

Geata Buidhe Books from Thomastown, also provides a wide variety of both local,National and International titles and topics  to interest all bibliophiles. Its propreitor Joe Doyle is one of Kilkenny's local historians and his collection includes many publications of both County and Provincial interest.

Other local Booksellers attending are Paulstown Books,Well Read Books,Waterford, O'Neill Books Thomastown,Bourke Books Kilkenny,Kieran O'Brien Wexford, Pat Dunne Kildare.

Many of the books on offer are from private libraries carefully collected over a lifetime and will be of great interest to the more serious browser who is in search of that elusive gem.

Not all books have a serious relevance as there are books to suit every conceiveable taste on offer, including Children's books,Fiction, Romantic novels and that bizaar unusual publication that catches the eye and incites further investigation.

To all our regular  patrons and new ones we welcome you to visit us and peruse the diverse range of books on offer at very reasonable prices where a bargain or two can be availed of. on Saturday 19th January at the Club House Hotel, starting at 10.30 am.