A new chapter; Red Books opens in Gorey 

By Dan Walsh in Gorey 

Wexford’s independent bookstore Red Books has opened a new outpost on Gorey’s Rafter Street. The eclectic bookshop, recently voted ‘Irish Bookstore of the Year’ in a poll conducted by Sunday Independent journalist Sophie Grenham, now has a new store inside Gorey outlet Hawthorn & Mayblossom.

“We’re delighted to have this new outpost in North Wexford,” Red Books owner Wally O’ Neill said. “Gorey is a vibrant and artistic town, and obviously a hamlet of book lovers. The late John Wyse Jackson cultivated a legendary bookstore in his Zozimus bookshop here over many years and it has been sadly missed. We can never replace Zozimus but we will try to bring our own unique brand of bookselling to Gorey.”

ANNMARIE O’BYRNE HAMMEL and DAN WALSH discussing their favourite books at the opening of the new Red Books Store on Rafter St., Gorey.

Speaking with WexfordLocal.com today, Mr. O’Neill added; People in Gorey have been incredibly welcoming to us so far. We can’t thank Mary and the staff at Hawthorn & Mayblossom enough for accommodating us in their very charming shop, renowned for its antiques, jewellery and collectables. Red Books is a community bookstore and we’re sure a new community will build around this bookshop as they have around our shop in Wexford’s St Peter’s Square.”

Speaking on a social media video, Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin described the opening of the new Red Books as a “very exciting opportunity for Gorey”, highlighting the many events and artistic groups that have formed out of its Wexford store over the past three years.  

The new bookshop is located in Hawthorn & Mayblossom at number 2 Rafter Street, Gorey, and is open from 10-5pm every Tuesday to Saturday.

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