Lixnaw writer Gerald to launch new book

SHORT-stories, poems and vignettes drawn from the rich mix that is the ordinary life and speech of north Kerry flavours a new book by Lixnaw writer Gerald Byrne - drawing heavily on his childhood in the parish.

They Passed Along Our Road - produced by Duagh-based Red Hen Publishing - is full of the humour, colour and distinctive turn-of-phrase of north Kerry. It's all based on Gerald's real-life experiences, shot through with his appreciation of the characters who inspired the collection.

"They Passed Along Our Road is a compilation of childhood memories from growing up in Garrynagore in Lixnaw, to life in boarding college in Killarney, and emigration and adventure across the water in London," It is a memoir of good and bad things that happened along the way, and stories and incidents in the company of some of the great characters around home in Crotta. There are also random verses, long and short, which I have been writing down in my notebooks over many years," Gerald said. They Passed Along Our Road is to be launched by Lixnaw Parish Priest Fr Mossie Brick in the heritage centre in Kilflynn on Friday at 8pm.

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