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  • Remembering Maureen Kenny on what would have been her 100th Birthday

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    The Mother of all the Kennys

    The 28th of April 2018 would have been the 100th birthday of Maureen Kenny. Maureen Kenny founded Kennys Bookshop in 1940 with her husband Des and worked in the bookshop all her life. It was her way of life. Seámus Heaney once called her, 'The Madonna of the Manuscripts'.

    Des Kenny remembers her here, in ómós.


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  • Guide du Routard's Pierre Josse visits Kennys

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    We had the great pleasure of welcoming back Pierre Josse of the Guide du Routard to Kennys Bookshop today.

    A great world traveller, Josse has visited and documented more than 90 countries ...and counting.

    He has worked for 37 years with the Guide du Routard.

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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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  • Atlantic Salmon, Lost at Sea

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    Deirdre and David Brennan have been friends of Kennys Bookshop for many years.

    They are currently in the process of making a film which sets out to discover exactly what happens Atlantic Salmon on its ocean journey, in the hope that this will help halt the continued decline of the species.

    They have started a Kickstarter campaign to progress the editing of their film.


    We wish them the best of luck with finishing the movie!

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