Eric and Leonie Mitchell from Waterfall with Eoin, James and April O’Carroll, Ballincollig exploring Dubray’s new bookshop. Photo: Darragh Kane

Patrick St gets new two-storey bookshop

One of leading dedicated bookseller finally opened its first store in Cork last Saturday.

Dubray is creating 25 new jobs as the company opens stores on St Patrick St and in Dublin, bringing the Bray company’s total number of outlets to 10 in Ireland.

Dubray began as a single shop in Bray in 1973 and the addition of new shops in Cork and Dundrum Shopping Centre in Dublin brings the group to ten stores in Ireland.

Maria Dickenson, General Manager of Dubray said: “We are delighted to be opening two new stores this Christmas, both in well-loved locations. While the Covid period has been challenging for bookshops, there is a huge appetite for reading in Ireland which in many ways was strengthened by lockdown. Our team are very excited to start recommending books to customers in both Cork and Dundrum town centre.”

The new Cork shop will boast 10,000 titles over two floors in a beautiful historic building on Patrick’s Street in the city centre. The shop which is 2,500 square feet will be located on 83-85 Patrick’s Street at the corner of Carey’s Lane.

Dubray has long aspired to open in Cork and were looking for a busy city centre location that would be on a par with their flagship store in Grafton St. The size and historical aspect of this beautiful building fits the bill perfectly.

The thriving arts scene, wealth of local writing talent and a strong publishing tradition in Cork makes it an obvious choice for Dubray.

Book recommendations are the speciality of Dubray and both shops will offer a book subscription service and the personal book shopper experience where you can spend time and choose books with one of the many knowledgeable book lovers who work with Dubray. The shops will also offer Dubray’s popular Staff Recommended Reads and the Dubray Children’s Favourites which have been selected by a team of children’s booksellers.

Dubray currently employ 90 staff and the company is managed by former chair of Bookselling Ireland and Board Member of the Irish Book Awards, Maria Dickenson, who has over twenty-five years’ experience in the trade.