Rare and Recent Books is a family run business based in County Mayo in the West of Ireland. We run a bookshop in Main Street, Cong which is open 6 days a week in the summer (closed Tuesdays) from 11:00 to 5:00. We open from 12:30 to 5pm on Sundays. We are closed for lunch between 1 and 2pm. Please contact us
for our winter opening hours.
We specialise in books of Irish interest but carry a large general stock ranging from the 17th century to the present day. Why not visit Cong on your next trip to Ireland. More information about the village is available here
Answers to the most common queries we get are available here
. Please do not hesitate to contact us
if you have a specific question.
How To Get To Cong
Take the N84 (Headford Road) from Galway to Headford. At the traffic lights in Headford go straight ahead (signposted Cong – R334). Turn left on the R346 (signposted Cong) when you reach Cross. You will reach Cong after around two miles. We are located by the Market Cross.
Leave Westport on the R330 (signposted Partry). On reaching Partry turn right on to the N84 and proceed to Ballinrobe. Leave Ballinrobe on the R334 (signposted Cong and The Neale). After leaving The Neale turn right onto the R345 (signposted Cong). On reaching the main entrance to Ashford Castle turn right into the village. We are located by the Market Cross.
Take the N84 south to Ballinrobe. Leave Ballinrobe on the R334 (signposted Cong and The Neale). After leaving The Neale turn right onto the R345 (signposted Cong). On reaching the main entrance to Ashford Castle turn right into the village. We are located by the Market Cross.
There are daily bus services to and from Cong from Galway, Westport, Castlebar and Ballina. More information is available on the Bus Eireann website
What Our Customers Say About Us
The Best Little Bookshop in the West…..
Mr J., Nevada, USA.
Thanks a million – you may have performed a “minor miracle” for me as I have searched for that book many times in the past – and just a few minutes ago thanks to your intervention I have now ordered it on-line!
Mr S. Ireland.
“kind and great service:)”
Mr M. Norway.
“great book. thank you”
Mr H. USA
“Lovely book, throughly enjoyed reading. thank you so, so, so much”
Ms C. England.
“Many thanks for excellent McGahern, arrived by rocket today.”
Mr G. Sweden
“This was a professional and quality service..”
Mr Q. England
Returning an item
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to return an item for any reason. We strive to ensure that our description of books is as accurate as possible. We are happy to e mail pictures of a book prior to purchase if required. Our business is regulated under Irish Law by the EC (Protection of Consumers in respect of contracts made by means of distance communication) Regulations 2001.
More information about your rights under this legislation is available from the Citizens Information Board at http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/consumer-affairs/consumer-protection/consumer-rights/distance_selling .