Kerry honours for Listowel writer and publican John B Keane.

Writer John B Keane adds another award to his list of accolades when he is named Kerry Person of the Year.

Publican, writer, raconteur and now Kerryman of the Year.

No stranger to awards John B Keane has already received two honorary doctorates and several literary awards. 

Now he is being honoured in his home county for his catalogue of fifteen plays and several novels.

This report includes footage from the programmes 'Self Portrait' broadcast in 1963 and 'Newsbeat' broadcast in 1968. 

I was something of a problem for my parents in the early years because the power of speech escaped me until I was three years of age. When I started, however, I couldn't be stopped. 

Apart from some time spent in England during his youth, John B Keane has remained in his birthplace of Listowel in County Kerry all his life and now owns a pub there. 

In his sixties, John B Keane hopes that when he is gone people will remember him for his writing. 

I hope they will see my plays and read my books. I wouldn't expect any more.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 January 1990. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.