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Kennys Scoop Major Marketing Gong

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Kennys Bookshop won the The Marketing Institute's All Ireland Small Business Marketing Award at a prestigious gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin last night.

The coveted All Ireland Marketing (AIM) Awards are the undisputed showcase of business achievement by Irish marketing professionals. The Award is a huge coup for Kennys online bookstore, Kennys.ie, which ships books for free from Galway to over 100 countries worldwide.

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Books for Hospice

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Galway Hospice in partnership with Kennys.ie will run its “Books for Hospice” event again on Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th.  The initiative has raised over 28,000 euro since its inception in 2014, with a long term target of 100,000 euro.


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Irish Independent, 100 Years Ago Today (6th May, 1916-2016)

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Just this week it was our great fortune to come across this rare original copy of The Irish Independent, published on this day exactly 100 years ago, May 6th 1916.

It details the aftermath of the Easter Rising 1916, with many articles regarding executions of leaders as well as public notices and advertisements showing the practical impact of the unrest.

A very fragile item, it is for sale at only €150 (as is, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), but we thought it was worth sharing to a wider audience in the meantime.  A piece of real historical and social importance.


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Kennys.ie - Three Nominations This Week!

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We are all chuffed at Kennys this week, to have been shortlisted for three major awards!

The Marketing Institute and The Blacknight SME Awards have given us the nod for their 2016 Awards.

The Marketing Institute All Ireland Marketing Awards have shortlisted us as a finalist for their Small Business Marketing Award and we have been nominated for two separate Blacknight SME Awards - Family Business and Retailer (Online, Irish Market).

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'The Two Lads', the 1976 visit of Neil Jordan and Des Hogan to Kennys

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“On a bright summer’s morning in 1976, two gallant young gentlemen presented themselves before the counter of our bookshop in High Street, Galway. As Mother spoke to them it emerged that each of them had just had his first book published, one a novel and the other a collection of short stories, by a new press called Co-op Books which they themselves along with some friends had set up in Dublin. They were on a selling mission to Galway and wanted to know if we would be interested in stocking copies.

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Terry Wogan 1938-2016

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Solas na bhFlaitheas dá h-Anam uasal lúcháireach. It was with sadness we learned this week of the death of Terry Wogan, a friend of Kennys, pictured here in happier times with the late Maureen Kenny. This image was taken at a Bord Fáilte event where both Terry and Maureen had been named as unofficial ambassadors for Ireland.  The promotion of Ireland was a thing they both did so well! May they both Rest in Peace.


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Kennys goes Over the Edge for Culture Night 2015

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Kennys Bookshop goes 'Over the Edge' for Culture Night 2015.

Galway writers group 'Over The Edge' is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers, at Kennys Bookshop on Friday, September 18th.The open mic for fiction writers starts at 4pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read.The open mic for poets starts at 6pm. Participants poets should bring along two poems to read.

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