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July 9, 2005
You can hardly have failed to notice that there’s a new Harry Potter book due from the prolific pen of J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be available from one minute past midnight on the 16th of July 2005, as Friday merges into Saturday. A number of Irish bookshops will be staying open for the event, with Eason’s in O’Connell Street, and Hodges Figgis and Waterstone’s, both in Dawson Street, all being open in Dublin. Waterstone’s will also be opening their Belfast and Cork branches especially for the launch, and no doubt other bookshops all over the country will do so also.
While the whole world will know about the launch of this book, another Harry Potter volume may have passed them by. This was the launch, in October 2004, of Harry Potter Agus An Órchloch, the Irish language translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The book was launched on the 9th of October 2004 in Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway, and the translation was by Máire Nic Mhaoláin. It was published by Bloomsbury, and is available to buy from Kenny’s, here.
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