The Book Centre - Barker & Jones
Waterford | Wexford | Kilkenny | Naas
Our Independent Book Stores are located in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Naas, Ireland
The Book Centre has been in business since 1971 and is a family owned and run local Irish Company.
Each of our unique stores are very different to each other. They all offer a large range of books,
children's books, school books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, and stationery.
There is an in-store Cafe in all our shops where our customers can relax and browse the latest books.
The Book Centre, Waterford
The Waterford Store is located in Waterford City, and is housed in the old Art Deco styled
Savoy Cinema which was built in 1937. The screen, stage, ceiling and many other cinema features
can still be seen on a visit to the store. The photo below from the Annie Brophy Collection shows
the Savoy in 1953. You can read more about the Savoy, and Cinema in Waterford in
Architecture Ireland's online article "When the Lights Go Down - Waterford's Love Affair with Cinema"
The store was recently described as a
"Larger-than-life bookshop" when it was chosen in national news feature
A large mural was painted in the screen area of the old cinema by local artist Ben Hennessy.
The in-store Cafe in the Waterford store was featured in a recent news article titled
LovinDublin.Com featured The Book Centre in a travel feature titled:
During the Waterford Walls International Street Art Project 2016 the back wall
of The Book Centre was dramatically transformed by street artists DMC - Dermot McConaghy
and JMK - Jonny McKerr. To wall can be viewed from the Little Patrick Street car park.
A new shopping column in The Irish Times recommended readers to:
"Pick up a paper and take a pew in The Book Centre, a browsable bookshop cum café
in an old art deco building , once home to the Savoy Cinema,whose screen and stage
features have been retained....(buy a book)...order a latte, and read it upstairs in
Poppy’s café where lingering is encouraged"
Read the full feature here: Shopping Spraoi: Waterford city
Our favourite review is by Leeann Ryan from The Recommended
review website who describes visiting the store and cafe as a
Come for the coffee, stay for the cosy...
The Kilkenny Book Centre
The Kilkenny Store is located on the High Street of Kilkenny City.
The building is of historic significance and was originally a terraced three-bay
three-storey house built in 1790, possibly incorporating fabric of earlier house from 1550.
In use as an inn, 1816. Renovated in 1900 with a shopfront inserted to ground floor.
The building is listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.
The Book Centre, Kilkenny was selected in The Irish Times
The store was also shortlisted in The Irish Times Top 10 Best Bookshops.
The Pennefeather Cafe in The Book Centre, Kilkenny
The Wexford Book Centre
The Wexford store is located on South Main Street in Wexford Town.
The building dates back to 1775 and was one used as a Bishops Palace.
This spacious store has three floors including an in-store Cafe on the top floor.
The ground floor and the lower ground floor are dramatically linked by a very large
and stunning wall mural painted by the renowned Irish Artist Patrick Randall.
The Wexford wall mural viewed from the ground floor to lower ground floor
Barker and Jones, Naas, County Kildare
The newest of our stores built in 2005 and located on Poplar Square right in the middle
of Naas Town. This modern store has three floors and a cafe that overlooks the square.
On entering the store you cannot miss the gigantic wall mural that starts at the
ground floor and continues to the top floor ceiling. The Mural is called "The Journey" and
was painted by renowned Irish Artist, Patrick Randall. Patrick describes how the visitor
"undertakes a journey physically and spiritually when visiting each floor"
and that "It is difficult to convey the scale of this mural..
which is possibly the largest modern mural in Europe"
Just half of the top floor section of the Naas wall mural which spans the entire three floors.
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