Congratulations to Irish independent bookstore Liam Ruiséal in Cork, which is celebrating a century in business. The Irish Examiner reported that sisters Bríd Hughes, Fionnuala O'Herlihy and Dara Brady, who run the bookshop for their aunt, Sarah Russell, hosted a series of celebratory events throughout the day.
"We were born and reared to it," Hughes said, noting that it was a very proud day for all involved in what is Cork's oldest independent bookshop, founded by their grandfather (and the shop's namesake). "Grandfather lived over the shop and when our parents married, and when we were children, we were constantly coming into the shop, and we'd be given a job to tidy the shelves or mark a few books. I remember Albert Folen, who founded Folens, coming on a Sunday with a van-load of schoolbooks, and we'd all be here helping out. We've always been involved.... But we have to keep fighting our corner, and being independent, and doing things differently. People will always get a more personal service here."