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‘A real treasure of the city’

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 5:27pm

Increased competition from large chains and online retailers are said to be behind the closure of a long-running bookshop in Cork.
Liam Ruiséal’s independent bookshop on Oliver Plunkett Street announced earlier this week that it would be closing its doors for the last time later this year. The family-run shop was originally opened on Grand Parade by Liam Ruiséal in 1916, relocating 13 years later to its current location.

It has long been popular in Cork for its selection of local books, popular titles and school materials.

Commenting on the reasons for the shop’s closure, a statement from the owners said: “As a small independent bookseller, trading became too difficult due to increased competition from online retailers and large retail chains.”

Calling the decision “difficult and emotional,” the store said the economic downturn had also been a contributing factor in deciding to close the store.

“We thank the people of Cork, and beyond, who have supported us for over a century of trading. We will close our doors with fond memories of our customers, suppliers and neighbours in Oliver Plunkett Street.”

Lawrence Owens, Chief Executive of Cork Business Association, said he was disappointed to see the demise of what he called an “iconic” Cork business.

“It’s extremely sad and disappointing for the family and for the business itself. Independent shops like this are the kind of thing we need more of in the city, and Cork Business Association are very sorry to see such an iconic store close. Liam Ruiséal’s is a real treasure of the city. It is uniquely Cork.”

Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald also voiced his sadness. “It is very sad that a family who have traded in the city centre for over 100 years have come to this decision.”

Meanwhile, Labour Local Area representatives in Cork city John Maher, Luke Field and Peter Horgan have called for new parking regimes to be implemented to prevent further closures. “We need a parking regime that is beneficial to traders and customers. With the announced closure of Liam Ruiséal's this week, one item that always seems to be a cause of concern is parking,” the representatives said.

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