Trinity Holds Ireland’s Largest Charity Booksale

Posted on: 17 April 2008


Thursday 17 April to Saturday 19 April 2008

Over 30,000 items (books, texts, novels, pamphlets, journals, etc) will be on sale at the 19th Annual Trinity Secondhand Booksale, which will take place on Thursday 17 April – Saturday 19 April. This is the largest charity book sale in Ireland. As in other years, all books are generously donated by staff, graduates and friends of the College.

The Trinity Sale is characterised not just by sheer quantity but by the wide range of subjects offered. This year is particularly strong on history, Ireland, biography, politics, foreign languages, art history, English literature, natural history, etc. It includes the libraries of several retired staff of Trinity College. Prices are always reasonable, bargains widely available.

Rare books will be auctioned on Thursday evening. Over sixty lots include:
Charles Haliday’s ‘The Scandinavian kingdom of Dublin’ (IUP, 1969); ‘The Howth gun-running’ edited by F.X. Martin with a foreword by Eamon de Valera; Françoise Henry ‘The Book of Kells’ (Thames and Hudson, 1974); books on Trinity’s silver collection by J.P. Mahaffy (1918) and Dougles Bennett (1988); the five-volume ‘The Great Book of Irish Genealogies’ edited by Nollaig 0 Muraile (2004); runs of the journals of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, and ‘Punch’ (1957-61), etc. The auction includes a set of the children’s books by Bernard Share and William Bolger ‘The bed that went whoosh!’ (1965).

This is a charity event run by volunteers. Funds raised by last year’s Booksale were used to buy books, journals, maps and other research materials for Trinity College Library and for the smaller specialist Departmental libraries.

OPENING TIMES: The Trinity Secondhand Booksale will be held in the Examination Hall, Front Square, TCD, starting at 5.30pm on Thursday 17 April. It will continue on Friday18 April from 10.00am to 6.00pm, and on Saturday 19 April from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

ENTRANCE CHARGE: € 3.00 on the first night. FREE on Friday and Saturday.

RESTOCKED FRIDAY: Lots of additional books will be added to the Sale on Friday.

HALF PRICE SATURDAY: All books will be sold at half the marked price on Saturday.

CLEARANCE AUCTION: Clearance auction at 2.15pm on Saturday, table by table. Everything must go! Lots of incredible bargains!

Further details available from the Booksale Office. Tel: 896-2276 and 896-2087. Email:

Auction Catalogue available on request.