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Kennys Best Online Bookshop in Enterprise Awards 2017

The  judges had made their decision, and Kennys have been chosen as a winner in the Irish Enterprise Awards 2017! Kennys Bookshop And Art Gallery have scooped the award for Best Online Bookshop 2017!  

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Roald Dahl's visit to Kennys Bookshop, Galway 1987

Roald Dahl's visit to Kennys Bookshop, Galway

In this, the centenary year of Roald Dahl's birth, we are reminded of the memorable 1987 visit the author paid to Galway and to Kennys Bookshop in particular.

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The Bishop and 'that' book

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Michael Browne was Bishop of Galway for almost 40 years. Physically, he was a big man, quite imperious in his manner. As children growing up, we were fearful of him. He was intimidating, his Episcopal signature was a cross followed by his name, so to many he was known as “Cross Michael”. He was deeply conservative, he insisted on segregated bathing in Salthill (A family Resort), ‘Men Only’ in Blackrock whereas the beach a couple of hundred yards away was known as “The Ladies”. Ne’er the twain could meet when he was around.

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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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