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How to order School Books

We are delighted to be able to offer our school book service this year from a temporary location in St. Mary’s School in Blessington. To order:

– Order online at blessingtonbookstore.ie

– Call us on  045857730/ 083 8486745  (Mon-Fri 10.00am to 4.00pm)

– email your list to us at info@blessingtonbookstore.ie

As the school publishers are only getting going in June there will a couple of weeks delay (to start with) in getting the orders ready.

Looking forward to helping everyone again!

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How to redeem your Blessington Bookstore Voucher

The Blessington Bookstore is committed to redeeming any outstanding vouchers.  Email the voucher number(s) and outstanding amount to info@blessingtonbookstore.ie giving your name and address.  We will post you out a National Book Token for the full unused value of the vouchers. If you have any questions phone 045857730 /083 8486745

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A love letter to all who have been part of The Blessington Bookstore & Coffeeshop

Over the last 15 years it has come to me that my role in the Blessington Bookstore & Coffeeshop has been like that of a conductor. I could hear beautiful music in my head, but it took skilled musicians to bring it to life. To the wonderful bookshop girls and the Baristas, thank you for all your hard work, good humour and loyalty over the years.  Our company mission was ‘To sell books that people would enjoy reading, to serve the best coffee & cake we could, and to have as much fun as possible in the process’  Mission accomplished ladies – well done.

Good music requires fine instruments – thank you to our suppliers: Flannery coffee, Artisan Gourmet Foods, Hendersons, Ross the Milkman and for books Argosy, O’Brien Press, Premier,  Gill Books, New Island, and all the great publishers who bring authors and readers together. Thank you to all the delivery men who have carried in thousands of books, lakes of coffee and mountains of food with such good grace.  To the unseen workers who kept us clean and in working order, thank you.

But no matter how amazing the instruments, or how beautifully we played, without an audience to share it with, the notes would be lost on the desert air.  To everyone who has crossed our threshold over the last 15 years, thank you.  Your warmth, your enthusiasm, your loyalty has been fundamental in making our bookshop so unique.  A special thank you to everyone who has taken time to write, send messages, bring gifts and show support in many different ways. The eloquence and warmth in your words has touched us deeply and is very much appreciated. They will be a great help in the days ahead.  To my daughter Chantal, your hard work and ready laughter in the last weeks has made me very proud. I know nothing short of government restrictions would have stopped my family standing shoulder to shoulder with me at this time – thank you for all the virtual support.

A special thank you to Carmel Dillon and the board at St Mary’s Junior school, whose foresight and generosity has allowed us to continue to serve the community with school books this summer – details on blessingtonbookstore.ie.

Today our song is coming to an end, but the music plays on.  Keep reading and sharing stories, for that is how we open our hearts and our minds to empathy, joy, laughter, understanding, and imagination.

May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Goodbye for now,

Love,

Janet

 

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Time to say goodbye

It is with a very heavy heart that The Blessington Bookstore must announce that from the end of May, we will close our doors for the last time. Everything that made us special – the buzz, the craic, sharing stories, food, good coffee and wonderful books will not be possible for a long time to come.  The emotional, physical and financial strain of trying to hang on is too immense, and it is better to finish on a high with a wealth of special memories.  All the team here would like to thank you, our customers, so much for your loyalty over the years. It has been a very great privilege to serve you and we thank you for your love and support. A special thank you to those who are buying online from us – we will continue to dispatch orders till the end of the month and will be adding more stock over the next days.  Stay well, stay safe and stay reading!

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Flat rate postage fee

We had hoped that we could offer free postage in Ireland but that proved unrealistic given the weight of some books.  Now with the help of An Post we can offer a €2.95 FLAT RATE postage on all orders delivered within Ireland

Email info@blessingtonbookstore.ie and we will happily contact you to help choose some good reads for all tastes and ages.

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Books recommended on East Coast The Morning Show with Declan Meehan

Newly published books:

  • Memory Wood by Sam Loyd – fast paced, an addictive kidnap-survival thriller
  • Saving Missy by Beth Morrey – This is a story about love, friendship, memory, sacrifice and  loneliness. Beautifully written it is heartbreaking and heartwarming

Old Favourites

  • Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel – Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Homo Sapien child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan’s wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman Iza and its wise holy man Creb.
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. ‘In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier.
  • Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – The story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it – from garden seeds to Scripture – is calamitously transformed on African soil.
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Petticoat Pilots – Bookshop talk March 5th 2020 Free event, Booking essential

Irish woman were flying the skies before their sisters on the ground were able to vote. Join us in the bookshop  on March 5th to hear Michael Traynor tell their stories.

Wine reception 7pm talk starts 7.30 sharp

Book free place now

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Second performance Songs for a Winter Night Friday January 17th

We are delighted to announce that a second performance of Songs for a Winter Night will take place on January 17th at 7.30pm (mulled wine reception at 7.00pm).  Places are going fast so  BOOK NOW online or by phoning the shop on 045857730

An evening of seasonal music, poetry, laughter and prose from the pens of Patrick Kavanagh, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Mary Oliver and Laurie Lee, with new work from Angela Keogh and John MacKenna and music penned by the Fleet Foxes, Jackson Brown, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchel

Shane Sullivan (guitar & vocals), Angela Keogh and John MacKenna

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Songs for a Winter Night – SOLD OUT

We no longer have any tickets available for January 11th 2020  Please phone the bookshop on 045857730 if you would like to add your name to a waiting list

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Author Ken Boyle, Thursday 31st October, Drinks 7.00pm – Talk 7.30pm

Ken Boyle, Author of ‘The Murder of Dr Muldoon’ will be reading from his book on the evening of October 31st. His book is a true crime story, set in Ireland in 1923. Scandal and never-ending twists and turns will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat!! Perfect for Halloween!

dr bookWine reception at 7pm with the reading beginning at 7.30pm.

This is a free event but as always booking is essential!

Book Now!

 

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