"If you're looking for an old map, or print, or engraving, or a
watercolour view, or modern oil painting or sculpture, the obvious place
to look is Kenny's Bookshop & Gallery, which is something of a
Galway institution. Oh, they sell books too; they would have something
like 150,000 in stock at any one time, piled and stacked not only in the
shop but up several floors to the attic, on shelves, in corners, up the
stairs, on window ledges, in baskets and crates.
As for old books, their Antiquarian 'Department' issues up to 14
catalogues in a year. They have literally crates of first editions -
Yeats, Synge, O'Casey, the younger poets. They will undertake to find
any books for you - and, to top it all off, their Fine Binding Workshop
will lovingly wrap it in soft leather and end papers, tool it and gild
it, and add a silken tassel if you should so desire.
There are eight Kennys, all of them in the business. It was
founded by Desmond and Maureen some fifty years ago, and has grown like
the family. The business has been likened to a private club, where
browsers and chat are encouraged. You can even browse by post - much of
their business, both art and books, is export."
- From "Ireland of the Welcomes"