Eason of History

Eason has a proud history and heritage dating back more than 130 years and has existed through some of the most exciting events in Irish history. Below we have highlighted some milestones in our history.

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1800

Eason O'Connell St.

1800s

1856 - Charles Eason I is appointed as the manager of the Eden Quay branch of W.H. Smith & Son.

1866 - Company premises on Middle Abbey Street were rebuilt to accommodate wholesale and retail news, books and stationery departments.

1866 - The business is bought by Charles Eason I who, together with his son, form it into a private company under the title of “Eason & Son, Limited.”

1887 - Premises are purchased at 40 Lower Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) from which the retail news, advertising, library and railway advertising departments operate from.


1889 - Charles Eason I passes away and is succeeded by his son Charles Eason II then aged 46.

1900

Eason O'Connell Street 1916

1900

1916 - The Abbey Street and O'Connell Street premises are destroyed by fire during the Easter Rising.

1916 - Christopher Whelan was hit and killed by a stray army bullet having returned home from the Eason store which was forced to close due to the rising.

1916 - The extent of the damage to O'Connell Street and Abbey Street premises can be measured by Eason’s compensation claim of £63,329 of which they will receive £55,850.

1916 - Eason employees present Charles Eason II with a complete set of office furniture for his private office as an expression of their sympathy with him for the serious losses sustained by the company during the Rising and in recognition of the firm paying all salaries during the suspension of business.

1919 - The Abbey Street and O'Connell Street premises are rebuilt and reopened as a single interlocking group, now including an extension to 41 Lower O'Connell Street, from which Eason still trade today.

1926 - J.C.M. Eason succeeds his father as Managing Director.

1930

Eason delivery vans

1930s

Advertising space is sold Eason delivery vans for the first time.

The “Emergency” disrupts Eason wholesale business significantly as newspaper supply and cross-channel transport is continuously hindered. Eason order 4 electric vehicles at outbreak of war anticipating fuel shortages

1950s

JCM Eason original Eason railway bookstall

1950s

1957 - J.C.M. Eason retires (aged 77) and is succeeded by James Walmsley

1965 - Eason Advertising Service Ltd. established

English newspapers shipped to Ireland by air for the first time

Eason cash & carry opened at Corporation Street in Dublin for stationery and other goods

1966 - Eason look to expand into high street retailing with the opening of shops in Cork in 1963 and Dun Laoghaire.

1970s

An original Eason railway bookstall

1970s

1970 - Eason continue to grow their retail estate with store openings in Limerick in 1970 and Belfast in 1971. By the late 70s retail sales account for half of the company’s total turnover.

1978 - The last of the Eason railway bookstalls closes in Waterford.

1980s

An original Eason railway bookstall

1980s

1981 - Eason open a store in the Ilac Centre – Dublin city’s first shopping centre

1988 - The famous clock at Eason O'Connell Street is erected to mark the Dublin millennium.

1989 - Eason enters the e-tailing era by selling online with the launch of easons.ie and opens a new store on Shop Street in Galway

1990

The famous Eason O'Connell St. clock

1990s

1990 - Eason open stores in The Square Tallaght and Castlecourt, Belfast, followed by stores in Bangor (1993) and Derry Londonderry (1995)

1995 - The Net Book Agreement is abandoned – setting books at retail prices

1996 - Eason stores open in Blanchardstown Town Centre and Busáras

1998 - Eason Liffey Valley Shopping Centre opens

2000s

Blanchardstown Town Centre

2000s

2001 - The first midnight opening for a Harry Potter book takes place in Eason O’Connell street.

2005 - New Eason stores open in Dundrum, Mahon and Ballincollig Shopping Centres.

2007 - Eason Head Office and warehousing relocates to Dublin Airport Logistics Park in St. Margarets, Swords.

2011 - Eason celebrates its 125th anniversary, the annual Eason Spelling Bee competition launches and Eason introduce the “Thank You” loyalty programme.

2012 - new format flagship stores open in Eason Belfast and Patrick St. Cork.

2013 - The first “Easonology” department is launched in O'Connell Street and is aimed at stimulating the mind to do better, to do more, to find out, to achieve, to learn, to create, to solve & to win.

2013 - Eason host Alex Ferguson in conversation with Eamon Holmes in the Dublin Convention Centre to the delight of over 2000 fans in attendance.

2014 - Department 51 is launched in Eason as a destination for Young Adult books, graphic novels and pop culture and licensed merchandise.

Roy Keane in conversation with Roddy Doyle is hosted by Eason at the RDS in Dublin with over 1500 fans in attendance.

2016 - Eason’s place in the Easter Rising of 1916 is commemorated in Eason O'Connell Street and Eason are recognised as Children’s Bookseller of the Year at the British Bookseller Awards held in London.