One of the country’s oldest independent bookshops, Liam Ruiséal’s in Cork city, is to close later this year after over a century in business.
Bríd Hughes, a granddaughter of shop founder, Liam Ruiseál, confirmed this afternoon that the shop will close “within a few months”.
She declined to comment in detail on the reasons for the closure and said they plan to issue a formal statement later this week. But she said it is business as usual at their Oliver Plunkett St shop until the doors close.
The shock announcement comes just over a year after the business celebrated its centenary.
Con Collins, of Collins Press, which specialises in Irish-interest non-fiction books, said it was a shame to see such an established Irish-owned independent bookshop close.
“It will be a huge loss, not just to Cork, but to Irish publishing,” he said.
* Read Eoin English's full report on the closure in tomorrow's Irish Examiner.