Boyle’s Book Lady meets the President!

Mary O’Donoghue, AKA ‘The Book Lady’ and owner of Ireland’s Smallest Bookstore in Boyle, was recently invited to visit Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Michael D Higgins.

President Higgins issued the invite to The Bloomsday Garden Party on Sunday, June 12th, and Mary said it was a day she’ll never forget.

Speaking to the Roscommon People this week, Mary said: “I’m proud to say The Book Lady Boyle – Ireland’s Smallest Bookstore was invited to The Bloomsday Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin.

“It was my first real day out since lockdown and I went with my son Cory, who’s 23 and doesn’t really spend days with mom anymore as he lives in Galway.

“For my little shop to be acknowledged by the President was something that doesn’t happen every day. It was a lovely day out and I got to shake the President’s hand.

“The house itself was amazing. We ate strawberries and chocolate and more, enjoyed some white wine, danced to good music, saw Tommy Tiernan, strolled through the gardens and even got to stroke the President’s dogs! It was a wonderful day out”.