A new independent bookshop has opened in Navan in Ireland, selling new books with a focus on children’s literature.
Last weekend husband and wife team Shane and Lorraine Breslin “quietly opened” Blackbird Books on the Old Corn Market in Navan, County Meath, which is about a 40-minute drive from Dublin.
The two-storey shop will stock books across a 1,000 sqft space, with new books downstairs and a secondhand section upstairs.
As well as stocking books across a variety of genres, Shane Breslin said the shop would have a focus on children’s literature, because the couple have two young children aged three and five and had seen first hand the “power and importance of books” on youngsters. The shop will also have a cafe.
“I used to work in digital media and my wife has a retail background, but we have never sold any books before," he said. "We have been talking about doing it for 10 years and run out of excuses not to do it.”
The town has a population of 35,000 but hadn’t had an independent bookshop since 2010 since Bookwise closed in the depths of the recession.
“We are very mindful of the fact that we will not be able cater for everybody, but so far the reception has been very good,” Breslin said.
“Anecdotally, e-readers have never really taken off in Ireland and we are confident the local population here are still very fond of physical books.”
He added: “We love books first and foremost, everywhere we go we end up finding the independent bookshop in the town or city, that is the place we gravitate to and that is the place we want to be.”
The couple will plan a more official opening for the bookshop in a few weeks’ time.