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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Kennys Bindery

  1. Opened in 1974 at the back of Gerry’s parents’ house in Salthill, Galway.

  2. Cost £7,000  to build, £4,500 to kit out with machinery.

  3. Was the third bookbindery to open in Galway, others included  O’Gormans on shop street and Corrib Printers.

  4. The Bindery started with three staff, Gerry Kenny, Mike Conlon and Monica Kenny

  5. Officially opened Monday 22nd September 1975 by Justin Keating Minister for Industry and Commerce and Son of artist Sean Keating RHA.
    "The Kenny Family had made a remarbable contribution to the cultural life of the region and Ireland" - Mr Keating (Connacht Sentinel 23.09.1975)

  6. First assignment was to bind 2,000 copies of “Hardimans History of Galway, 1820”
    printed by Beacon printing company Dublin and published by Kennys Bookshop, Galway.

  7. Kennys Bindery has had apprentices from from England, France, USA and Japan.

  8. One of the first bookbinders in the world to have a website in 1994

  9. Kennys Bindery has bound over 100,000 thesis over the years

  10. Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul II, John Whelpey (writer for Star Trek, Dallas, Baywatch), 
    Presidents Ronald Regan, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Mary Robinson and Michael D Higgins
    have books bound by Gerry Kenny

Gerry Kenny outside the Bindery in Salthill 1974

Gerry outside the bindery in Salthill, Galway - 1975

Offical opening of the bindery by Mr Keating - 22nd September 1975

kennys bindery first website

Kennys Bindery first Website

Mike ConlonMonica Rigney

Michael Conlon Left - Monica (Kenny) Rigney Right

President Bill ClintonGiovanni Trapattoni

President Bill Clinton (left) Giovanni Trapattoni (right)  presented with a book bound by Kennys Bindery

Gerry Kenny with John Whelpey

Gerry Kenny with John Whelpey

Gerry Kenny with President Michael D. Higgins

Gerry Kenny with Michael D. Higgins

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