Midleton’s Books 4 U charity bookstore, the proceeds from which go to Midleton St Vincent de Paul, will be at the Ballymaloe Garden Festival this weekend.

Midleton’s Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) bookshop will again hold a stall at this weekend’s Ballymaloe Garden Festival, which runs from Saturday, 2 through Sunday, 3 September.
Books 4 U will hold a stall for only the second time at the Ballymaloe Garden Festival, where employees will sell a variety of books fitting in with the themes of the annual festival with the proceeds going towards the SVP in Midleton.
“We will be there for both days, the Saturday and Sunday,” said Jack Walsh, manager of Books 4 U. “What we are doing is we are bringing gardening books, cooking books and children’s books. There were a lot of children there last year so we are going to bring some books for them this year.”
Books 4 U, located across from the gates of Midleton College on Connolly’s Street, Midleton, is currently situated in a premises left to the society of St Vincent de Paul in a will, and all proceeds from the store go to the voluntary organisation.
Following the store’s successful first out at the Ballymaloe Garden Festival, Mr Walsh was able to present a cheque for €400 raised during that weekend to Denis O’Shea, president of Midleton’s SVP branch.
“We were invited back to the Festival after it ended last year,” said Mr Walsh, “and we rang to confirm it a few weeks ago. Last went very well. We would ask people to keep an eye out for our stall. We were in the Grainstore last year, but this year I’m sure there will be a marquee and that is where we will be.”
The Ballymaloe Garden Festival, held on the grounds of Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, opens from 10am until 6pm each day and will feature a variety of gardening talks, demonstrations, entertainment, stalls, tours, food and more.
Admission is €8 for one day or €12 for both days, with children under 12 free to entry when accompanied by an adult.
As well as a packed itinerary of expert lectures and demonstrations, this year sees an expanded Fringe Festival programme with a theme of self-sufficiency and ecological awareness with 25 activities to be held in the Ballymaloe Walled Garden.