Tuesday 20 March 2018

Bringing it all back home: Keane launches book in backyard

Billy Keane at home in Listowel.
Billy Keane at home in Listowel.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

FOR some, the home crowd is always going to be tough but author Billy Keane said he wouldn't look beyond his hometown to unveil his new book.

The writer and Irish Independent columnist launched his latest novel 'The Ballad of Mo & G', published by Liberties Press, in the Listowel Arms last night.

"Writing a book is the nearest thing to giving birth a man will experience and I'll have all my friends and family around me doing it," joked the publican, who revealed he gave up the drink for seven months to complete the book.

A gritty tale of modern life, 'The Ballad of Mo & G' is told through the eyes of a 24-year-old Kerryman who falls in love with a young woman from a tough city estate.

It's a new departure for the author from his first novel, 'The Last of the Heroes'.

"This book is a grittier read, but I think it's the real Ireland and there are plenty of laughs as well," the author said.

He also penned 'Rebel Rebel', the biography of Cork GAA legend Billy Morgan, and co-wrote 'Rucks, Mauls and Gaelic Football' with Moss Keane.

Like his late father, the playwright John B Keane, his son also did his writing either early in the morning or late at night.

He started writing it on his father's anniversary on May 20 two years ago.

'The Ballad of Mo & G' will be available in bookshops from Monday.

Irish Independent

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