Dublin City Council announces new book market in St. Patrick’s Park
Published on 10th September 2021
Dublin City Council is delighted to announce the launch of a new book market at St. Patrick’s Park in Dublin city centre. The market, known as ‘Books and Browsables’ will commence on Sunday the 12th of September and will operate in the park every Sunday from 11am – 4pm.
Speaking ahead of the launch of the Books and Browsables Market, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Alison Gilliland said, “I am delighted to launch the Books and Browsables Market. Storytelling is one of our richest traditions and this market will be a celebration of all things literary. Between the wide selection of books and the array of curiosities on offer, I have no doubt this market will be drawing people in from near and far. As one of our city’s most captivating green spaces, I can think of no better home for this market than St. Patrick’s Park, so make sure to come along and explore the park and its brand new market from this Sunday onwards.”
Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent said: “The Books and Browsables Sunday market, in the beautiful surroundings of St. Patrick’s Park in Dublin 8, will provide another interesting attraction for people to visit in this part of the city centre. It will complement the literary walk in the park and the park tearooms, toilets and playground will enable families to enjoy a day out. I encourage people to come along on Sundays to experience the unique Books and Browsables Market first hand.”
This initiative is part of a wider programme led by the Office of City Recovery.
The new market will give the public an opportunity to explore a large selection of both new and second-hand books, which pack the potential to transport readers to new and exciting dimensions. Both long-time literature lovers and emerging enthusiasts are encouraged to stop in for the chance to discover new books and be swept away by the magic of storytelling.
The books on offer will include self-published titles, as well as those from small, independent publishers. In addition to books, there will be lots of curiosities available to peruse. From vintage maps and vinyl records to amazing antiques and retro toys, there will be plenty to capture one’s attention. A particularly environmentally-conscious element of the market will come in the form of upcycled and vintage clothing, which will be of interest to Dublin’s increasing number of sustainable fashion fans.
Notes to the Editor:
The event is being facilitated by Dublin City Council’s Parks Department. The Market will run from 11am to 4pm each Sunday from the 12th of September onwards.
Saint Patrick’s Park, located to the north of the cathedral, was opened by King Edward VII in July 1902. It is bounded by Patrick Street to the west, Bull Alley to the north and Bride Street to the east. It was laid out as part of the redevelopment of the area by the Guinness family in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and provides an attractive setting for both Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Iveagh Play Centre. The landscaping was the work of Mr. Crasp of Chester and the construction work was undertaken by engineer Mr. Arthur Dudgeon. The geometric landscaping is enhanced by the two stone fountains on the park's principal axis and a modern sculpture of a steel bell by Vivienne Roche. A brick terrace was constructed to cope with the fall in ground level between Bride Street and Patrick Street, the upper level of which was used as a bandstand while the lower level provided a sheltered seating area.