PHOTOS: Billy’s Book Launched At Tralee Library

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Johnny Conway with Billy Ryle at the launch of Billy’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

THERE was a large turnout for the launch of a new book by a local author in Tralee Library on Wednesday night.

Launched by former editor of The Kerryman, Declan Malone, Billy Ryle’s new novel ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ is a fictional novel set in the 1950’s and 1960’s and is the first in a trilogy of books.

People queued up to have copies of the book signed by Billy, a native of Tralee, before MC for the evening, journalist Kerry O’Shea, started off proceedings where both Billy and Declan Malone addressed those gathered.

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The book itself introduces Barry Kyle, a member of a republican family, a talented Gaelic footballer, a keen student and a loyal friend.

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 can also be purchased online from Amazon. A digital e-book version (kindle) is also available from Amazon. Scroll down for photos…

Phil Dunne, Kerry O’Shea and Paudie Commane at the launch of Billy Ryle’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Billy Ryle (centre) with Connie Turner and Bill Looney at the launch of Billy’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

Seamus McCarthy and Tadhg McMahon at the launch of Billy Ryle’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Michael Hayes, Norma Foley and Fr Padraig Walsh at the launch of Billy Ryle’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

Nigel and Mary Crowe at the launch of Billy Ryle’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Billy Ryle with MC for the evening Kerry O’Shea and former editor of The Kerryman Declan Malone who launched Billy’s book, ‘Christian Brotherly Love’ at Tralee Library on Thursday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

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