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This shop is steeped in history, located on the site of the Church of St.John of Jerusalem. This church was inhabited by the Jesuits until Cromwellian forces took it over in 1650. One possible explanation for why this spot is called the Four Corners is that this area was previously the only crossroads in Galway.The shop has been owned by Powell and Sons since 1918, when the family began selling snuff from the premises. They now specialize in traditional Irish and classical music, selling a varied range of musical instruments, tapes and CDs. Upstairs there are various painting implements such as paintbrushes, oils and charcoal.
Opened only last year in Galway's main shopping street, Dubray Books has a welcoming air which encourages browsing. This well-lit and spacious store carries a wide selection of books, from poetry to horror to children's favourites. All of the latest titles from the bestseller list are also stocked here. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about books.
Eason's is one of Galway's largest bookstores. On the ground floor there is a vast selection of literary publications, including magazines, travel guides, cookbooks, literary fiction and bestsellers. Upstairs is the largest stationery department in Galway, with a small section displaying videos, music and CD ROMs to the left of the escalator. The staff are generally helpful and you can make inquiries or order books at the information desk.
"Charlie's", as this shop is colloquially known, is a veritable bookworm's paradise, with nooks and crannies bursting with a wide selection of second-hand books. Separate sections contain history, psychology, philosophy, science and travel titles, while the front part of the Charlie Byrne's Bookshop has a great range of popular fiction. A cozy yet comprehensive children's section can be found at the back. Many locals come in here and browse for hours as they catch up with local gossip, and there are invariably posters on the walls depicting upcoming cultural events.