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Rejected by his family, abandoned by the State but adopted by an entire community

Billy Keane


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Jerry Ryan to the rescue after finding abandoned kittens. Picture Brendan Landy

Jerry Ryan to the rescue after finding abandoned kittens. Picture Brendan Landy

The Listowel streets Jerry kept so clean. The Kerry town has won several tidy town awards. Photo: Domnick Walsh

The Listowel streets Jerry kept so clean. The Kerry town has won several tidy town awards. Photo: Domnick Walsh

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Jerry Ryan to the rescue after finding abandoned kittens. Picture Brendan Landy

Jerry Ryan kept our town clean for a good many years. He ran to the shop for the older ladies, gave a hand in the bog, whitewashed, babysat and, if he did take a drink too many, most of us knew why.

There was the time he saved the litter of abandoned kittens from a town bin. Jerry made sure they got a good home. “Sure, they’re like meself,” he said.


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