The Luck of the Irish: Our Life in County Clare

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Soho Press, Jul 1, 2003 - Fiction - 236 pages
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Ten years ago, Niall and Christine left their careers in New York City for a life in Kiltumper cottage - once Christine's grandfather's stone farmhouse - outside the tiny village of Kilmihil in County Clare. They wanted to lead a more authentic life, to form part of a community, to write and paint and raise children in the scenic Irish countryside where they felt, somehow, they belonged. They have renovated the abandoned cottage, created a grand garden, and adopted two children, Deirdre and Joseph. Niall was fortunate enough to have his very first play performed on the main stage of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin - though they were disappointed by the critical reception. They have seen irresistible forces bringing change to the life of Western Ireland, endangering much of what drew them there. Still they remain committed to Kiltumper even though they must struggle to afford life in their beautiful country where fewer and fewer Irishmen and women are lucky enough to be able to live.

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User Review  - Rebecca Mckenzie - Goodreads

I always love a book about Ireland. This one really captures what everyday life is like in rural west Ireland and makes me long for a return visit! Read full review

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User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

An interesting glimpse into the life of the authors and their 2 children living in the a small ancestral stone cottage in the village of Kiltumper in County Clare in west Ireland. It is a life that ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Niall Williams was born in Dublin. He is a playwright and the author of "Four Letters of Love," "As It Is in Heaven," "The Fall of Light," and "Only Say the Word," He lives in County Clare with his wife, Christine, and their two children.