Dubray Books is one of Ireland's leading independent booksellers. We began as a single shop in the seaside town of Bray in Co. Wicklow, just outside Dublin.
Founded by Helen Clear, the Bray Bookshop on the Quinsboro Road rapidly became a fixture in the town. In 1988 Mrs. Clear sold the business to her daughter- and son-in-law, Gemma and Kevin Barry, and the business remains in family hands to this day.
The new owners decided to develop the company further, beginning with a move to larger premises on Bray's Main Street. In 1990 we took the bold step of opening The Dublin Bookshop on Dublin's premier shopping street, Grafton Street. Building on the success of the Dublin Bookshop, we opened shops in Rathmines and Kilkenny in 1994, and the burgeoning group took the name Dubray Books.
By 2002 the Grafton Street branch had outgrown its original home and moved up the street to its current location. The flagship of the group, the new shop extends across three floors, and is a popular location for book launches, signings and other events.
Most recently, in 2019 we opened a new shop in Liffey Valley shopping centre. Sadly, we also had to say goodbye to our customers in Kilkenny but we're looking forward to growing further in the years to come.