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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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Culture Night Prize Hamper 2015

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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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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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