A 52-year-old Horseleap man, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer ten years ago after a massive stage 4 tumour was found in the middle of his head, last week paid tribute to the treatment he received at Merseyside hospitals which saved his life.
Liam Ryan’s book “Cancer 4 Me 5” received its Liverpool launch at News From Nowhere on Bold Street. The launch came about because one of the shop’s own staff, Julie Callaghan, who acted as MC on the night, has herself been treated for head and neck cancer.
Liam grew up over a pub and shop which literally straddled the county boundary between Offaly and Westmeath.
His own mother died from cancer when he was 22, and his father died two years later.
Now resident in Ballina/Killaloe in County Tipperary (not to be confused with the much larger Ballina in Mayo), he lived in Liverpool for many years, and it was there that he met his wife Pam, and where two of his three sons were born. He studied at John Moores University.
Speaking at the launch, he spoke of the role Liverpool played in his life and thanked the support he received from so many people, but particularly the treatment he received at Aintree University Hospital and at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral, as well as the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
In his book, he refers to the help his Christian faith gave him in fighting cancer, and points out that while he was a lapsed Catholic in his late teens and early twenties, he returned to it when he came to Liverpool.
The launch was also addressed by Mr Simon Rogers, a surgeon in Aintree, who paid tribute to Liam Ryan’s fighting spirit.
The architect’s book features many anecdotes from areas on the Offaly-Westmeath border, as well as his time as a boarder in Cistercian College, Roscrea, and the occasion when he was one of a group who sneaked out to Shinrone to see Linda Martin and the Chips play there.
An only son, Liam Ryan has three sisters, Carol (a teacher in Boher National School), Dolores (who travelled from Mayo to attend the launch) and Eleanor