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Cúirt Preview 2015

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Kennys eagerly anticipate Galway's upcoming International Festival of Literature... KENNYS BOOKSHOP has long been associated with Cúirt, Galway's own International Festival of Literature, now in its 30th year. Below are but a sample of the full line-up appearing in various venues in Galway from 21 - 27 April.  Many have come and read and signed in Kennys in the past, and we look forward to meeting some of the writers involved this year - as well as rekindling old friendships. Visit Cúirt official website... 

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Kennys.ie shortlisted for Book Retailer of the Year Award

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Kennys Bookshop is one of two Irish bookshops shortlisted in the Bookseller Industry Awards, the finals of which take place in London in May. This recognition of the quality of Irish bookshops is welcome at a time when many are struggling to survive. Kennys was the second bookshop in the world, and the first company in Ireland, to have a website.

Marking 170 years since The Great Famine | An Gorta Mór

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2015 marks 170 years since the beginning of The Great Irish Famine, An Gorta Mór in 1845.

Kennys Bookshop & Art Gallery are proud to be associated with The Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA.

You may also be interested to know that The Great Hunger Museum recently launched a Database of Images and Texts from The Illustrated London News, Punch and other publications from 1842 to 1852. 

Great Hunger Museum Famine Folios

The Great Hunger Museum has recently published the first four Famine Folios dealing with various aspects of the Famine  - a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering the Famine Years 1845–1852 – the worst demographic catastrophe of nineteenth-century Europe. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine Studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, philosophy, media history, political economy, literature and music.



In addition to recently published books on the subject of the Famine, Kennys also carry one of the largest stocks of original British Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland, published in the 19th century.

The pictured example is an exceedingly rare six volume set of House of Commons papers relating to the measures adopted for the Relief of the Distress in Ireland.

They detail all correspondence relating to the measures adopted for relief from 1846-1848 in Ireland, with accompanying maps, plans and appendices. They show the money spent in Ireland in detail, the purchasing of food from America and its related correspondence. Bound in original maroon library cloth, with modern leather label and gilt to spine.

Relief of the Distress in Ireland (Famine)

H.M. Stationary Office London

6 Volumes, 1847-1848,  €7,500

Artworks commemorating The Great Famine.

The Kenny Gallery worked closely with Quinnipiac University in developing their Art collection for The Great Hunger Museum, and many or the Artists featured regularly exhibit with us at our gallery in Galway.

Below is a small selection by John Behan RHA, Pádraic Reaney and Kieran Tuohy.

Other artists featured on our website include Vicki Crowley and Charlotte Kelly >>>

Sara Baume reads from 'spill simmer falter wither' at Kennys

It was an absolute pleasure to meeet award winning author Sara Baume when she visited Kennys Bookshop last week in advance of the February 1st release of her already lauded novel 'Spill Simmer Falter Wither’.

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Browsing on Kennys.ie

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We have a huge selection of books on our website and we hope you enjoy looking through them.  Here are some hints for better browsing on Kennys.ie...

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'If you go to Galway and don't go to Kenny's, we're not friends anymore.'

A lovely piece written by the Boston Bibliophile on her Vacation in Irish Bookshops!

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 – The Shortlist

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The Man Booker Prize is open to any author writing originally in English and published in the UK. On the 9th of June Chair of Judges A.C. Grayling announced the Shortlist for The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. The Judges had the Longlist of 13 titles from which they picked 6 titles for the shortlist. The Panel of 6 judges now has the task of re-reading the Shortlist titles in order to select a winner. The winner of the prize will be announced on the 14th of October. The 6 titles shortlisted are:

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Conradh na Gaeilge 1913

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This photograph of The Conradh na Gaeilge Oireachtas and Árd Fheis held at The Town Hall, Galway in 1913 was discovered in a box about three years ago by the Curran family in Dublin. It had been kept there by their mother who was a daughter of Micheál Ó Foghludha, who was later to become president of the Keating Branch of the Gaelic League. They began to research the names of those involved,

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