The Ryans of Tipperary and Limerick. Their Origins in Owney and Owneybeg (Paperback) – Unabridged, June 1, 2017 by Brian Patrick Kennedy.The latest offering from Australian author Brian Patrick Kennedy. Having written six intriguing books on Kennedy family history, Mr Kennedy has now taken on the challenging task of researching and compiling the Ryan story. “This story is long overdue,” Mr Kennedy writes in introducing his latest work. “The Ryans are too important an Irish family to have their story go untold. Numerically, they are one of the top ten families in Ireland and their contribution to Ireland and to the world is well and truly worthy of the recognition it deserves.