Tomás Kenny tells the story of Kenny's Book Sohop in Galway.
In 1994, Kennys Bookshop was the second bookshop in the world to go online, second to a sci-fi shop in San Francisco that closed many years ago.
Des Kenny Senior at Kennys Stall at the Galway Agricultural Show in the 1940's
Kennys Bookshop opened in 1940. Desmond was a Galwegian, the son of journalist Thomas Kenny who had founded the "The Connacht Tribune" in 1909. Maureen, a native of Mohill, Co. Leitrim won a scholarship to attend University College Galway (UCG) where she studied Commerce. On her first day in UCG she met Desmond, who was studying Arts. And as Desmond was often heard saying "That was that." The couple married on graduating.
In 1940, they rented two rooms on High St. They set up a bookshop in one room and lived in the other at the back. They had to be very innovative and adventurous in order to make a living.
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