The Luck of the Irish: Our Life in County Clare

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Soho Press, Incorporated, Feb 1, 1996 - Travel - 234 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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Further tales of rural Ireland's trials and rewards, told by a husband-and-wife team. In their fourth book together (O Come Ye Back to Ireland, 1987, etc.), the authors continue to inform their ... Read full review


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Author and playwright Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He received a Master's degree in Modern American Literature from University College Dublin, where he also studied English and French literature. In 1980, he moved to New York and worked as a copywriter for Avon Books. In 1985, he moved back to Ireland to become a full-time writer. His first four books were co-written with his wife and deal with their life together in Kiltumper, Ireland. On his own, he has written three plays and five novels. His first novel, Four Letters of Love, became an international bestseller.

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