Billy Keane is a journalist, broadcaster, and barman. Billy wrote a column for the Irish Independent for the 21 years. His travels with Munster defined the glory years and were full of mischief and fun. Keane has appeared on most television shows ranging from the Late Late Show on several occasions, Primetime which was screened live from his pub, to 3 seasons of the Today Show with Daithi and Maura. He is equally at home on the radio. Billy has written two novels. His latest The Ballad of Mo and G was described by Donal Ryan as “heartbreak and comedy, tenderness and savagery meld into a beautiful, mad narrative delivered in a voice that’s completely real. I could not put it down.”
Billy has two collections of newspaper pieces and two sportsbooks with Billy Morgan and Moss Keane.
He was awarded the United States IBAM award for literature alongside his late father John B Keane in 2019.
Billy takes a humorous view of life but his prose is often poignant and searingly honest.
His latest novel The Woman Who Hasn’t Had Sex in 39 years will be published in February 2023.
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