Located in the lively town of Carndonagh in Inishowen is the charming Jones&Co. Bookshop. In 2014, owner Ruth McCarthy, established Jones&Co. out of a love for literature and in recognition that there was a need, following the closure of a much beloved bookstore, for another book hub in the community. With the support of friends and the community the doors to the store opened. In recognition of their support Ruth named her business Jones & Co. as she explains “because of everyone that helped pitch in”
Finding That Perfect Book At Jones&Co. Inishowen
Upon entering the shop, you are welcomed by the scent of old and new books, polished wooden shelves and an impressive display of books, pictured above. You will get to choose from a range of topics bound in first edition volumes, antique, second hand and new books. For those who love to read, both local and visiting Inishowen, Jones&Co. has literature representing a wide range of topics. A cosy corner with colourful chairs is set up to encourage kids to read the provided selection of classic children’s books. The welcoming staff will make you feel at home by encouraging you take your time and browse the shelves or take a seat and read a book in a comfy armchair, see below. Ruth describes one of the favourite parts of her job “is finding a rare book and connecting a person with a novel that you know they will fall in love with”. With this in mind there is plenty of advice on hand to help you find that perfect book.
From Books To Music: Supporting Local Musicians In Inishowen
For music lovers, you can choose from a selection of CD’s on display by local artists. Owner Ruth Mc Carthy, a book lover and musician, understands the importance of supporting local artists and creative groups in the area. To date the bookshop has hosted intimate music gigs and supported local festivals like Carn Stock, where they hosted a silent reading party, described by Ruth “as almost like a disco but without the music”.
Opened from 12-6 Mon-Sat, (closed on Tuesdays in November and December), you have ample opportunity to call in and purchase a new book or bend the owner’s ear about all things books, music and Inishowen. To avoid disappointment, if you are hankering for a specific volume, Jones&Co have an online service which allows you to request a specific volume.
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