I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air … WB Yeats
Named after the Yeats poem and staircase, the Winding Stair Bookshop and Café overlooking the River Liffey and Ha’penny bridge became a famous Dublin landmark in the 1970s and 1980s.
One of the oldest surviving independent bookshops in Dublin, it’s unique atmosphere makes it a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artist, a well known hub for debate and creativity with many poems written, novels penned and movies shot within its walls.
When its closure was announced in 2005, there were mutterings about the end of an era, but in 2006, Elaine Murphy brought the much-loved bookshop back to life retaining a timeless charm with many its old bookshelves, photos and memories. And it’s still there…