The Luck of the Irish: Our Life in County Clare

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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 ...
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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.

In their fourth book, Williams and Breen, the authors of O Come Ye Back to Ireland, When Summer's in the Meadow, and The Pipes Are Calling chronicle their life and adventure in this beautiful country, where fewer and fewer Irish men and women are lucky enough to be able to live.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ten years ago, the authors, who are husband and wife, moved to Ireland-Williams's homeland-from suburban New York City to live in a cottage in County Clare. Here they continue their adventures related in O Come Ye Back to Ireland and other books, with survival a central theme, as the couple and their two adopted children struggle to make a living in Kilmihil, with Williams working as a part-time English and French teacher and writing, while Breen takes care of the home, paints and writes. There is the eternal lament on the bad weather and the vanishing hope that it ``might clear yet.'' There is the locals' suspicion of the flesh, with the scandal of topless dancing in Ballyferriter and the production of John B. Keane's ``dirty play,'' The Chastitute. There is also the adventure of discovering western Ireland with a trip to Dingle, where the people of the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking region, talk ``in foreign-sounding English.'' Ireland is also a fertile place: Williams's play, The Murphy Initiative, is staged at the Abbey Theater in Dublin and the family's horse foals. Readers will toast this book with a well-deserved slainte. Author tour. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569470787
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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