A NOVEL dealing with one of the most dramatic periods in Irish history has been penned by a Dooradoyle resident. Kieran Ginty wrote ‘The Boys of Ballycroy’ – a story of how seven friends cope with the arrival of three conflicts – World War I, the Irish War of Independence and The Irish Civil War. Limerick is featured in the book citing some of the events that occurred in the city during the ‘Black and Tan’ period. Originally from Mayo, Kieran took up writing as a hobby. The father of two is works as a full-time public servant. The 42-year-old first came to Limerick in 1989 to study public administration in UL. ‘The Boys of Ballycroy’ is now available in O’Mahonys book shop.