This is Happiness

Niall Williams and Mike Hanrahan

Date: Sunday March 29th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: €15 / €12
Age: Adult

Hosted by Marian Richardson, join Niall Williams, acclaimed author of Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain and author of the most enchanting novel you'll read this year, This is Happiness which is set in 1950s Ireland with the coming of electricity. Joining Niall and Marian will be former Stockton’s Wing member, author and (above all) Clareman,  Mike Hanrahan to sprinkle some musical magic over the conversation.

Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He moved to New York in 1980 where he married Christine Breen, whom he had met while she was a Master’s student also at UCD. A few years later, they moved to the cottage in west Clare that Christine’s grandfather had left eighty years before to find his life in America. He is the author of 9 previous novels including Four Letters of Love (currently being developed as a film) and the Booker longlisted History of the Rain. He has also written 3 plays produced by the Abbey, Peacock and Druid Theatres.

Mike Hanrahan is from Ennis, Co Clare. He is a cook and teacher, songwriter and musician who has performed with the late Ronnie Drew, Finbar Furey, Maura O’Connell, Leslie Dowdall, Pat Shortt, Eleanor Shanley and Sharon Shannon. Mike penned hit singles ‘Beautiful Affair’ and ‘Walk Away’ for Stockton’s Wing, from which a world of touring and behind-the-scenes escapades began. His book Beautiful Affair wends its way through a lifelong love affair with Irish food while also telling tales of the Irish music scene from the 1970s through to today.

Broadcasting legend Marian Richardson boasts a forty year career in front of and behind both camera and mic. She began her career with RTE on Bosco, she also presented on RTE 2fm, hosting Toss The Feathers. She moved on to Women Today and in the mid 1980s, to the newsroom with Morning Ireland and the News at One. She led the way on Today with Pat Kenny Show as series producer for a number of years. Marian moved on to Drivetime and later as presenter and producer of Playback, a jewel in the RTE crown, where she remained at the helm until relatively recently.

L: Mike Hanrahan. R: Niall Williams (© John Kelly)