Kenny's Bookshop, an institution in Galway city centre closes its premises to concentrate on internet sales.
After 66 years, Kenny’s Bookshop is to cease trading from its city centre location on High Street in Galway city centre, to focus on selling online. For the very last time visitors came to the shop to soak up the atmosphere and bag a bargain. For many, the shop’s closure is not just a loss to the city but also a personal loss,
It is something special for me, Kenny’s bookshop, it always has been and it always will be.
Maureen and Des Kenny opened the bookshop and art gallery in 1940 and since then it has made a valuable contribution to the arts in Ireland. Their son Tom Kenny now runs the business. Sensing the changes in the book market he introduced online sales in 1993, and Kenny’s is now the longest running online bookshop.
With the company’s internet sales doing so well, the closure of the shop was an inevitability. Tom Kenny is emotional to be leaving the shop, which has played an integral part in his life and the life of his family over the decades.
It’s been a huge part of our lives.
The Kenny family will retain ownership of the building a lease it out in the future.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 January 2006. The reporter is Eibhlín Ní Choistealbha.