About the Irish History Bookshop

Exterior view of the Irish History Bookshop

The Irish History Bookshop is a specialist bookshop selling new, used and antiquarian books about history (particularly Irish history).

Our stock ranges from books of interest to the general reader to specialist material for students and academics. We also stock out of print titles and antiquarian books related to history which will be of interest to collectors.

We sell books about history, archaeology, mythology, folklore, history for children, military history, social history, political history, local histories, history of the arts, culture and literature, history of religion and ideas, historiography and historical method, toponymy, journals and reference materials.

A selection of our stock may be purchased in our shop which is located in the Main Street in Cong, County Mayo. Not all of our titles are located at our Cong shop therefore we advise you to contact us first if you plan to travel to purchase a specific title.

Our shop contains a large number of Journals related to Irish history ranging from the 18th Century to the present day. Not all of our journals are listed on our website. Please contact us if you are seeking a specific Journal and we will be happy to search our stock and let you know if it is available.

About our Events

We also run events at the bookshop – book launches, conferences and seminars. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep in touch with events in the shop.

Planning a Book Launch?

Please contact us if you would like us to host an event related to Irish History in the bookshop. We can accommodate small groups in the shop and up to 100 people in our adjacent premises. We can also provide audio visual equipment and a pa system etc for presentations. Cong village has many sites of historic interest and a wide variety of accommodation making it the ideal location for your history conference.

Winter Opening Hours

MondayClosed
Tuesday12:00 to 4:30pm
Wednesday11:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday11:00am to 4:30pm
Friday11:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday10:00am to 4:30pm
SundayClosed

About the Village of Cong in County Mayo

We are located in the beautiful island village of Cong in County Mayo. The village offers many sites of historical interest from Cong Abbey to stone circles and burial chambers. There are woodland walks, lake cruises and many more activities in the local area. The village offers a wide range of shops and restaurants. Accommodation ranges from campsites to castles with many hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering options. More information about the historical village of Cong is available at DiscoverCong.com

About the Irish History Bookshop

We Buy Books

We are always interested in considering books related to history that you may have for sale.  If you have books for sale please contact us with the following details:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Name of Publisher
  • Date of Publication
  • Place of Publication
  • Details of any defects

We will consider the books you are offering and get back to you within 2 to 3 days. We do not purchase school books.

Specialist Bookfinding Service

Are you looking for a book about Irish history that is out of print or hard to find? We provide a specialist bookfinding service at no charge.

To use the service please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Title of the book;
Author of the book;
ISBN (if the book has one);
Edition or publication date you are looking for;
Your Name, Telephone Number and Address.


Please include the word “Booksearch” in the subject line.

If we are successful in locating a copy of the title we will contact you with the price and the cost of postage. If we are not successful in locating a copy immediately we will keep the details on file and notify you if a copy becomes available.