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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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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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