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True Crime – Murder in Ireland


  • 21 Oct // 8pm
  • Main Space
  • €12 & €10 concession

Presented as Part of Red Line Book Festival | 2023

Join host Nicola Tallant (journalist and presenter of Ireland’s top True Crime podcast Crime World) as she talks murder in Ireland with authors Nick Foster (author of Murder at Roaringwater), Sharon Lawless and Maresa Fagan (authors of Anatomy of an Injustice, The Killing of Father Niall Molloy).

Nicola Tallant (host)
Nicola Tallant is an award winning journalist, author and podcaster. She specialises in organised crime and regularly appears on TV and radio. She is Executive Producer of a number of crime documentaries as well as the award winning Podcast; The Witness in His Own Words based on her best-selling book The Witness. She hosts her own weekly show; Nicola Tallant’s Crime World. Her new book Cocaine Cowboys will be released in October 2023.

Nick Foster
Nick Foster (Liverpool, 1966) is a British former diplomat, now a true-crime author. His first book was The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise (Henry Holt, Duckworth, 2016), a non-fiction account of the crimes of William Dathan Holbert, a serial killer on the prowl in Panama. A television series based on the book is currently in pre-production, and a podcast will appear by the end of 2023.  Nick’s follow-up was Murder at Roaringwater: The Inside Story of the Death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (Mirror Books, 2021, published in French translation as Elle s’appelait Sophie, Archipel, also 2021), a memoir of his six-year investigation into the killing of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co. Cork in 1996. The Daily Mail described Murder at Roaringwater as “hauntingly beautiful, breathtaking… unputdownable”.

Nick’s journalism has appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The (UK) Times and other outlets. Most of all, he loves true stories which have a seemingly intractable mystery at their heart. Nick lives with his wife and their two sons in Brussels, Belgium.

Sharon Lawless
Sharon Lawless has worked in the media for over 30 years, including stints in Mercury Media, RTÉ and as a Producer/Director for Flawless Films. The ground-breaking TV series ‘Adoption Stories’ ran for six series from 2010 on TV3/Virgin; ‘The Killing of Fr. Niall Molloy’ for RTE won the Royal Television Society Best Factual Series in 2022; and the acclaimed ‘Inside the Hospice’ ran as a special TV event over three nights on Virgin.  Sharon is developing a documentary as well as a feature film about international rally driver Rosemary Smith, and more Fr. Molloy-related content. She lives in Dublin.

Maresa Fagan
An award winning journalist of 20 years standing, Maresa has worked across a variety of local, national, and international media platforms. Based in the midlands, she spent more than a decade working as a senior reporter with the Roscommon Herald, where she first became intrigued with the unsolved killing of Fr Niall Molloy and the many unanswered questions the case continued to pose. Maresa has won several accolades for her in-depth reporting and continues to work in the communications field. Maresa has a masters in journalism from the Technological University Dublin. 

Presented By: Red Line Book Festival
Duration 60 mins. No interval


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