Award Winning Texas Writer Has Thurles Links

Kevin Ryan

A young Irish American, with Thurles links, was among ten top American journalists and writers who were awarded prestigious prizes at the University of North Texas, 2019 Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference recently.

The event, now in its 15th year, brings together storytellers who are dedicated to the art of narrative non-fiction.

The Conference honours great literary journalism and creative non-fiction with its Book Manuscript, Reported Narrative and Personal Essay writing contests.

In the Book Manuscript section in third place was Mr Kevin Ryan (pictured above with his award), for “Person Pitch” which examines the intersection of Victorian Era Religious Poetry, Catalan Moderne Architecture and the Musical Genius of Kanye West.

Kevin is son of American Soccer referee and former ‘Pyramid’ and ‘Tweed’ band drummer, Mr Sean Ryan, (formerly of No.11, Fianna Road and No. 30 Kennedy Park, Thurles) and Mrs Pamela Ryan who currently reside in the city of Katy, in Texas.

Kevin and his wife, Caroline, live in the city of Denton, Texas, and are regular visitors to Thurles, where they have many friends. Kevin’s father, Sean Ryan, is brother to Pat Ryan, No.30 Kennedy Park, Thurles and Tom Ryan, Iona, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


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