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VANISHING IRELAND

FURTHER CHRONICLES OF
A DISAPPEARING WORLD

THE VANISHING IRELAND PROJECT

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Carlow Nationalist
9 December 2009

New second hand book shop is thriving in Baltinglass
BY CHRIS FINGLETON


TO SOME, the notion of opening a new business in the middle of a recession would seem to be a form of madness, but for the owner of a new enterprise in Baltinglass, the result has been nothing more than remarkable.

Little did local businessman and photographer Bryan Mullhall realise when he opened his new bookshop that it would attract such a response from the public.

“I am a huge reader myself, and opening a book shop is something I always wanted to do,” said Bryan.

Books at the Bridge is stocked with thousands of secondhand volumes, and a number of new titles can also be seen on the well-stocked shelves.

“If I don’t have the book in stock, I can order it and have it in my shop within two days,” explained Bryan.

Although only up and running for the past six months, Books at the Bridge has already hosted a number of book signings and launches, the most recent event being a books-signing by Turtle Bunbury, author of the critically acclaimed Vanishing Ireland – Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World.

Apart from the book signing, Bryan has organised a traditional music session and storytelling, which gave the evening a unique dimension.

The new shop is a typical example of how to succeed in business during a recession and is certainly worth paying a visit if you are on the lookout for that special recession-buster Christmas present.

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