Blessington Bookstore

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Pyjama party on World Book Night – Wednesday April 23

To celebrate winning ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year 2014′, we are holding a pyjama party on Wednesday 23rd April, 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Come and meet our Children’s author and bring your second hand books to swap. There will be a raffle in aid of Barretstown and lots of special offers. FREE hot chocolate for those who come in their pyjamas!  See you there.

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Some days are just Golden

I was in Amsterdam to visit my sons when the news came through that we had won the regional final of the Booksellers Independent Bookshop of the Year award. Suddenly the sun was warmer on my back, the cherry trees were full of blossom and anything was possible!

There will always be trials and tribulations in business, but for a wonderful, golden day, the hope, the passion and the joy were all that mattered.

Thank you to Booksellers, and to our staff and loyal, enthusiastic customers who make us what we are.

PS  Found my all time favourite chocolate on special offer today – when you’re winning….

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Imagination Wins on World Book Day

Theblessingtonstore101 2Our Bookstore and Coffee shop was Highly Commended in the AIB sponsored  ‘Outstanding Small Business of the year 2014’ category at the SFA awards in Trinity College last Thursday night (World Book Day).

We are delighted to be recognised.  Please visit our interactive page on the Irish Independent website  The page is part of our participation in the Small Business Awards. Its a snapshot of who we are and why we love books.  Thank you to everyone for supporting us and helping put Blessington on the map.

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The day finally arrived. I had been conscious that the moment of truth was approaching – it lurked beneath the surface and I found myself imagining what would be said, what the reaction would be. I dressed well to give me courage and hide my nerves and …walked into the classroom of 22 young booklovers to hold the first Lunchtime Book Club in Scoil Conglais , Baltinglass….

The evening before at the SFA National awards I had been nervous and excited – and of course really delighted to be highly commended. But here in the classroom I wanted these young readers to develop their love of books. Unfortunately my choice of the first book got a rather indifferent reaction, but the conversation was really interesting. We moved on then to talk about books is general and had fun deciding how we would have finished the Harry Potter series given the chance – a lovely, interesting group of bright students. Their own choice of the next book ‘The Fault in our Stars’ is a captivating, thought provoking book – can’t wait to hear what they think.

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Let us pack your E-books for you..

So many books – so little time. Forget algorithms – let a real live book lover choose eBooks for you.

When you buy a Ebook package, one of our booksellers will contact you and get some idea of the type of books you enjoy. We will then send you two ebooks in whatever format suits your ereader or tablet.

Our goal is to spread the joy of reading, so if you don’t like our choices we will send you a third ebook for free!

Try it today


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We are a Finalist in the 2014 SFA Business Awards!

As a Finalist in the 2014 SFA Business Awards ‘Outstanding Small Business’ category, we have been invited to showcase The Blessington Bookstore in Dublin Castle on the 4th February. We will have authors, coffee and cake on offer.sfa-awards2014-finalist Any supporters are welcome to join us from 2:30pm-7:30pm.  More details are available on

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Feed your ‘Heart’ as well as your ‘Brain’!

Our  ‘Healthy Option’ menu is going very well! This week, try our Moroccan Tagine, Indian Dahl or Mexican Chilli €7.95 (served with pitta bread).These menu items are available as a ‘Take Away’ meal and are suitable for freezing.

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Blessington Bookstore shortlisted for Outstanding Small Business of the year 2014

There were scenes of unbridled joy in the bookstore (and even rumours of the postman being kissed..) when we received word that we have been short listed for a Small Firms Association award in the Outstanding Small Business category.

In the coming weeks there will be a master class for all finalists helping us focus on working on our business as well as in it. On February 4th we will showcase our business in an event in Dublin Castle and early in March the winners will be announced in a gala event.

This year for the first time there will be a digital interactive site where all the finalists will have a presence – more of that later.

Exciting and exhilarating!



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The Son by Michel Rostain

This is not a book about death. It’s a book about life.

We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it’s left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we see it all through Lion’s eyes.

In a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, THE SON tackles the very hardest of subjects in the most readable of ways. Michel Rostain resolutely ducks away from sentimentality and pathos, and tells his story instead with wit, wisdom and vitality. For this is not a book about death; it’s a book about life.




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Book signing moved to Monday Dec 23rd at 6.00 pm

DJ Carey took ill this morning and will be out of action for a few days. For that reason the book signing has been moved to Monday 23 Dec at 6.00 pm

Hope you feel better soon DJ !

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