New Book From Local Author To Be Launched Next Week

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Billy Ryle

FORMER Editor of The Kerryman, Declan Malone will launch Tralee native Billy Ryle’s new novel ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Kerry Library, Moyderwell, Tralee on Thursday,  June 13 at 7.30pm.

This fictional novel set in the 1950’s and 1960’s introduces Barry Kyle, a member of a republican family, a talented Gaelic footballer, a keen student and a loyal friend.

Barry’s enduring friendship with Brother Ambrose, gifted teacher and skilful Gaelic football coach, develops at ‘The Small Mon’ from 1958 to 1963.

Barry transfers to ‘The Big Mon’ in 1963 where his football career progresses under Brother Thomas. Barry suffers sadistic punishment at the hands of Bobby Collins, Vice-Principal, Free Stater and bitter enemy of the republican Kyle family since the Irish Civil War.

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The Christian Brothers want Barry to join their Religious Order. The local Dominicans expect Barry to follow in the footsteps of his great-uncle Fr. Don Kyle OP while Fr. O Brien PP, Tradinveen wants Barry to transfer to the Diocesan Seminary, ‘The Dice’ in Killamney. The Big Mon and The Dice are bitter rivals. The story follows Barry’s adolescent conflict between his religious vocation and his developing sexuality.

Billy Ryle’s new book.

Many contemporaneous issues from the swinging 60’s, including brutality, corporal punishment, homosexuality, adoption, bullying, murder and assassination, are seamlessly embroidered into the story, which conveys the reader to the jungles of Africa, to Peru, Rome, San Francisco and Waterford, where Edmund Ignatius Rice founded the Irish Christian Brothers.

Book One of the Barry Kyle trilogy tracks Barry’s ten-year eventful academic and Gaelic football journey with the Christian Brothers.

Everybody is very welcome to the launch where the book will be on sale at €12 per copy. The Book can also be purchased online from Amazon. A digital e-book version (kindle) is also available from Amazon.

Popular Tralee man, Kerry O’Shea, Reporter with Outlook Magazines will be Master of Ceremonies at the book launch.

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