Kennys have been serving Enniscorthy and the surrounding countryside for over one hundred years. You can find us near the old bridge on the river Slaney. Proprietor and manager, Paul Nolan is the 3rd generation to run this family business, since it was established in 1915. We are now Irelands second oldest bicycle shop.
Kennys was first started by Patrick Joseph Kenny (PJ), and at that time they were agents for Rudge, Whitworth, Royal Enfield, BSA, James and Sunbeam Cycles.
Paul has been around bikes for as long as he can remember, playing outside the shop on them at first and then racing with the local cycling club from the age of sixteen. Then just as soon as could, he was fixing them with his uncle PJ Kenny who ran the shop before him. PJ retired in 1992 when Paul took over the running of the business. and began the job of updating the shop and preserving the name KENNY FOR BIKES.
With Raleigh making some of the first mountain bikes Paul started looking for trails to ride in the early ‘90s and set the trend in Wexford for finding a course to run cross country mountain bike races. This led him to Bree Hill and in time they were hosting a leg of the National Championships and putting Bree firmly on the Mountain Biking Map. Now racing at a senior level, Paul soon built a reputation working with cycling teams as a mechanic. Working on local races such as the Gorey 3-day and then the Rás Tailteann as service mechanic where he worked for 25 years from 1990 - 2015. Paul also worked as the Team Mechanic with many Irish teams – including two World Championships, the Women’s Tour de France, Tour of Britain and numerous other international races. In 2008, with the return of PRO cycling racing to Ireland, Paul now worked with the world-famous Mavic Neutral Service Team as they came to Ireland for the first and only time.
These years saw a great change to the perception of cycling and the sport became more and more popular. In 2009 the Government Bike 2 Work Scheme came along and helped people get a bike through their employer. It really helped to revitalise the cycling industry and got bike shops going again. Paul organised the Dragon Sportive in 2013, sponsored by Skoda - this was a charity event which ran for 3 years and became a great success - all thanks to the growth of the cycling market. Around 2015 E-Bikes started to become quite popular, and have been growing in popularity ever since
KENNY FOR BIKES have been trading in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford since 1915 and with Paul’s vision and passion for cycling they are still here, changing and evolving with new trends and needs of today’s cyclists, whether they are professional, enthusiasts or simply enjoy a family afternoon in the sun. Paul spends most of his time in the shop nowadays – but you can still catch him out on his bike of a Sunday with Kennys Sportive & Touring Club or out on the forest trails with his new Gravel bike.
With the uptake in cycling during Covid, 2020 saw KENNY FOR BIKES take on a new mechanic in, George Kelly with expertise in hydraulics, Di2 and wheel building. We are delighted to welcome George to KENNY FOR BIKES.
Now in 2023 with allmost half of all bikes sold electric and Carbon materials becoming more common, Sram gear systems now all electric we are still here and looking forward to the future ahead.
So why not drop in to KENNY FOR BIKES and check out all the latest models on offer. We are fully stocked with Park Tool for all your service requirements and Shimano equipped for all your parts. Not forgetting Massi Bicycles and Accessories – did we mention we are their sole agent in Ireland? We certainly look forward to seeing you soon – at KENNY FOR BIKES