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Kennys.ie Shortlisted for Best On-line Shop in Ireland

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Almost 3,000 shops have been nominated for awards. Now, the Irish Times have whittled the competition down to a shortlist of 100 - and Kennys.ie is one of the remaining 6 in the 'Best Online Shop' category.

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Brenda Fitzmaurice & Gabriel Fitzmaurice back in Kennys after 34 Years!

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It was with great pleasure we welcomed back Brenda Fitzmaurice and Gabriel Fitzmaurice to Kennys Bookshop this week... last photographed together here in 1981.


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The Man Booker Prize: The Longlist 2015

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The recently announced Man Booker Prize Longlist of 13 sees nominees from Ireland, Nigeria, New Zealand and India as well as the UK. The competition was opened up to all writers in the English language during 2014 - effectively lifting the bar on US writers - and this year this pays dividends in the inclusion of no fewer than 5 US nominees.

Previously only writers from the UK, the British Commonwealth and Ireland were eligible. The shortlist will be announced on 15 September, with a winner named on 13 October. Search for all of the longlist nominees on Kennys.ie by clicking on the below links now... (Please note that occasionally titles may return no result as books go out of stock - but these will reappear as we replenish)

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Mikiro Sasaki visits Kennys Bookshop

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We were delighted to welcome Mikirō Sasaki (佐々木幹郎), renowned Japanese Poet and Travel Writer, to Kennys Bookshop in Galway this week.


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The Glorious Heresies of Lisa McInerney... a wonderful reading at Kennys Bookshop

We were thrilled to have Lisa McInerney read from her highly acclaimed new novel 'The Glorious Heresies' in Kennys Bookshop in Galway last week.

According to Joseph O'Connor in The Irish Times, "this strong, confident debut is ... an accomplished, seriously enjoyable and high-octane morality tale, full of empathy, feeling and soul". Lisa "has a juicy way with a phrase" and this comes to life in her reading - enjoy!

(Read Joseph O'Connor on Lisa McInerney in the Irish Times here  >>>)

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From Market Street to a brave new world …and back! (04 06 15)

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SINCE 1900 Galway has produced a number of quality children’s authors, beginning with Pádraic Ó Conaire on his M'Asal Beag Dubh, and continuing with Eilis Dillon's The Lost Island and Island of the Horses; Walter Macken's Flight of the Doves and The Island of the Great Yellow Ox, and, of course, Pat O’Shea from Bohermore, with her now classic The Hounds of The Morrigan.

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Old Friends and New Friends at Kennys Bookshop

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The Cúirt International Festival of Literature assembled a wonderful collection of writers in Galway again this year.  Kennys had the privilege of welcoming back many old friends - and some new ones!

On Friday 24th April we had the chance to video two very different writers - Jennifer Johnston and Claire-Louise Bennett.


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Galway Poetry Trail - Cúirt 2015

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In association with Galway City Council, Cúirt International Literary Festival and Kennys Bookshop, a series of commemorative plaques featuring the writing of well known Irish and International poets  have been installed around the City of Galway.

Often with a Galway twist, this series has become known as the Galway Poetry Trail and has so far included James Joyce, Mairtín Ó'Direáin, Seamus Heaney, Pádraic Ó'Conaire, Walter Macken, Louis MacNeice, Kevin Faller, Moya Cannon, Patricia Burke Brogan, W.B.Yeats, Gerald Dawe, Rita Ann Higgins, and just this week Gerard Hanberry and George Moore have been added.

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