St Patrick’s Weekend Sale

For the past couple of months we have continued to develop a new online presence on the Sumup platform. Initially this was for sales within Ireland only, it has now been expanded to international sales. 

To celebrate this development and the national holiday, until 19 March 2024 we are offering 20% off all our books on our Sumup Store. To avail of this enter the discount code StPatrick2024 at checkout.

On this platform, for orders within the Republic of Ireland our postage rates are calculated on the final value of your order. Orders valued under €10 have a rate of €5, between €10 and €50 the rate is €7 and for orders over €50 postage is free. For all other destinations the postage rate will be calculated on the final weight of your order and rates vary depending on your location. The rate will be calculated at checkout. 

This online store has our full range of local journals, a selection of books of West Cork interest and a number of publication of wider interest. So visit and use the discount code StPatrick2024, before 19 March, to receive a 20% discount on any sale.

☘️ ☘️ Wishing you, and all yours, a happy St Patrick’s Day. ☘️☘️

End of Year Update

Thank you all for your continued support of Coolim Books. As Christmas approaches and many of you will be looking for stocking fillers, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of some 2023 publications available on our online store. These include the Skibbereen Historical Journal Vol 19 2023, the Castlehaven/Myross History Journal Vol. 4 2023 and the Kilbrittain Historical Society Journal Vol. 7 2023/24. As always, the proceeds of the sales of local journals go directly to the historical society who produced them. A full list of Local Journals on sale via Coolim Books can be seen here.

In further news, Coolim Books has developed a new online presence that sells only to Ireland. This came about as the cost of postage for heavier items to international destinations is prohibitive. So this store contains a selection of heavier second hand books. It also has our own publications, a selection of local journals, and the recent publication The Ebb & Flow of Ilen: 50 Years of Ilen Rovers GAA Club. Postage is €7 for purchases under €50 and is free for sums above that.

To celebrate this development, for the month of December 2023, our own publications are on sale at the new site. To see the sale items click here.

Finally a word on behalf of our friends at the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society. They have recently developed their own online store, where you can purchase back issues of their Journal. To visit their store click here.

🎄🎄 I wish you, and all yours, a happy and peaceful Christmas.🎄🎄

Ilen Rovers Book

Congratulations to Ilen Rovers GAA Club on the publication of their book ‘The Ebb & Flow of Ilen: 50 Years of Ilen Rovers GAA Club’ Packed full of images and memories this hardback publication shares the history of the Ilen Rovers GAA club over the past 50 years.

Coolim Books is delighted to offer online sales facilities to Ilen Rovers, with proceeds of these sales going back to the Club. To purchase online click here.
Note: Book costs €30. Online sales to Ireland only, the cost of postage is €7 for one book, free for two or more books. For international orders contact us at for a quote.

West Cork History Festival 2023

Coolim Books is delighted to be part of this year’s West Cork History Festival, which is on from 11-13 August at the Inishbeg Estate. We will be there showcasing local journals and self-published books of West Cork interest.
The local journals on sale will include volumes from Ardfield/Rathbarry, Bandon, Bantry, Castlehaven/Myross, Cork Historical, Coppeen, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Kilbrittain, Rosscarbery and Skibbereen.
Books by local authors will include works by Amanda Clarke, Terri Kearney, Kevin O’Farrell, Kieran Doyle and William Casey

Skibbereen Historical Journal Vol.19 2023

I am delighted to inform you that the Skibbereen & District Historical Journal Vol.19 (2023) is now available at Coolim Books to order online. Articles include: The creamery industry in West Carbery, Ilen Rovers GAA Club 1973-2023, The History and Heritage of Mass Rocks, Sweet Ilen: Part 2 – The Tidal Waterway, Skibbereen Soldiers in Eritrea, 1923 – The Irish Free State in financial peril, A tale of two Baltimores and much more.

Click on the image to purchase this volume online. All the proceeds of our online sales of this journal go directly to the Skibbereen & District Historical Society.

Coolim Books titles available on

Three of our books; A List of Ancient and National Monuments in the County of Cork by Robert Cochrane, St. Multose Church Kinsale: As it was, and is, and ought to be by John Lindsey Darling and The Cradle of Fenianism by William Casey, are now listed for sale by online bookstore
This is an Irish company that is happy to support small independent publishers like Coolims Books. An added bonus is that all purchases over €20 from are delivered free of charge to addresses in Ireland. So this is great news for anyone wishing to buy one of our books online.

If you wish to purchase our books from, please click on the links below:

A List of Ancient and National Monuments in the County of Cork

St. Multose Church Kinsale: As it was, and is, and ought to be

The Cradle of Fenianism

Press Release – Two new publications from Coolim Books

Well-known local historian William Casey has taken it upon himself to save two titles of immense importance from disappearance so that this and future generations may enjoy them. 
While researching history projects William came across some illustrated books that are long out of print. “They were such a find, and it saddened me to think that they were no longer available for others to read and enjoy the incredible sketches they contained.” So Coolim Books was born to bring these works to a wider audience and to save out of print books from being lost forever. The two books recently published by William do just that. 
The first is A List of Ancient and National Monuments in the County of Cork by Robert Cochrane. It was originally published in 1913 and includes beautifully illustrated descriptions of the six sites in Cork then under the control of the Board of Works – St. Keiran’s Church (Cape Clear), Sherkin Island Friary, Timoleague Friary, Kilcrea Friary, Buttevant Friary and St. Molaga’s Church. This work also includes lists of other monuments in Cork, such as ogham stones, cromlechs, round towers, and a comprehensive list of castles in the county.
The other title dates from 1895. It is St. Multose Church Kinsale: As it was, and is, and ought to be by the Rev. John Lindsey Darling. It used architectural drawings, sketches and photographs to illustrate the history of this church, its state in the 1890s and the alterations that were proposed to restore it to its former self. While the Rev. Darling’s vision for the church was never fulfilled, this richly illustrated volume gives us a unique insight into the history and structure of this beloved building.
Bringing these books back into print was a labour of love for William, and his aim is that a modern audience can once again enjoy these works for themselves. They can be purchased in bookshops throughout Cork, or for more information, visit