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Des Kenny talks about books by Galway authors

Des Kenny writes in the Galway Advertiser about the strength of local writing in Galway.... "THE NUMBER of books produced by Galway publishers or written by Galway authors over the last number of months has been as prolific as it has been varied and allows the Galway reading public the ideal opportunity to support local presses and writers, thus celebrating the scribes of their native city.... "     Read more


Shop local this Christmas!

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Galway Advertiser Campaign to ask people to shop local this Christmas.. " For us, this campaign is not just about the local businesses but also about our local communities. Our businesses are at the heart of our local communities, and if they are suffering, so too are our communities. There are many ways in which shopping local assists our communities; the more obvious areas such as the maintaining and creation of local jobs, and the less obvious areas such as the support for local clubs, organisations and charities, which these local businesses provide. There is a huge interdependence between us and our local business community, never more so than in these difficult economic times."Read more...


Kevin Spacey's Bookshelf

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Ever wanted to know what Kevin Spacey reads? Well, never fear, the wonderful Oprah Winfrey just did a feature on his favourites! For anyone interested, it appears the oscar-winning actor and producer prefers non-fiction, concentrating mostly on what he decribes as titles 'by and about the powerful'...

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Culture Night 2011 at Kennys

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Following the success of Des Kenny's 'Youth Poetry Salons' at Kennys, Gerry Hanberry's Youth Poety Group (Coláiste Éinde) faced off against Skylight Poets in a monster poetry reading. This event was also open to all comers – so aspiring poets brought new work to read.... we were joined by Galway Mayor Cllr.


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How I Escaped My Certain Fate

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Stewart Lee - the 41st Best Stand Up ever, has written a book that brings a new approach to comedy...

I picked up the comedian Stewart Lee's new book, and read it cover to cover in only a couple of days - and it is like nothing I have ever read before, either style or content wise. Lee essentially brings us through selected happenings over a few years of his life, interspersed with the scripts of three stand up shows.


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Tomás Kenny presents new kit to Barna GAA U11 Footballers

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On Saturday last, August 27th, Tomás Kenny from Kennys Bookshop presented the new kit to the Barna GAA U11 Football team.  Pictured is Tomás presenting the jerseys to Team Manager Martin Commins.  Also in the photograph are coaches Tommy Lenihan, Ger Butler and Willie Golden with (front) team members Eoin Forde, Ciarán Saalman and Dara Golden.


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Atwood NUIG Conferring

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is being awarded an honorary Doctor in Literature in NUI Galway next Friday 24 June. The highly acclaimed Canadian author has published over 40 works of poetry, fiction and critical essays and has been shortlisted for the Booker prize five times, winning once with her novel The Blind Assassin.

Author, poet, environmentalist, academic, Atwood has a body of work spanning over 40 years, and encompassing a wide range of genres, including history, romance, feminism and science fiction.

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Language and Literature

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Irish language books are often overlooked -but present a rich tradition in both Gaeilge agus Béarla.

The Irish Language has had a difficult century. With independence came hope that we could become a truly bilingual country, but in the intervening years that hope has been replaced with a quiet pleading that the language can just last on.


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