|Date||Saturday October 15th|
|Venue||The Civic Main Space|
|Admission||€8 / €5|
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True Crime has never been more popular. Join true crime superstar Paul Williams, Ex-State Pathologist Marie Cassidy and Private Investigator Patrick Marry as they discuss crime, careers and writing.
Paul Williams is a multi-award winning crime journalist, bestselling true crime author and broadcaster with over 30 years experience in the field. He holds an MA in Criminology (First Class Honours) and is a recipient of the Department of Justice Academic Achievement Award. Paul is the author of twelve best selling books focusing on organized crime including biographies of some of the country’s most notorious crime lords including The Monk, John Gilligan, the General and Kinahans. His first book, The General, was adapted for the award winning movie of the same name by John Boorman. His published work also includes the definitive story of the evolution of organised crime in Ireland, ‘Badfellas’; the Criminal Assets Bureau, ‘The Untouchables’ and ‘Almost the Perfect Murder’ the chilling homicide of Elaine O’Hara, one of Ireland’s most infamous murder cases. Paul has researched, written and presented several factual TV crime documentary series for Virgin Media and RTE. The former co-host of the Newstalk Breakfast Show also researched and presented a special documentary for the BBC World Service which took a critical view of the international war on drugs. As a result of his work Paul received regular death threats which necessitated him and his family living under armed police protection for almost two decades.
Marie Cassidy became a forensic pathologist in 1985 following her training as a histopathologist. She worked as a Consultant Forensic Pathologist in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in Glasgow for the next thirteen years investigating unnatural deaths and homicides, from gangland shootings and stabbings, to drugs deaths, road traffic accidents and suicides. In 1998 she returned to her family’s homeland of Ireland as deputy state pathologist, working alongside Professor Jack Harbison. When he retired, she was appointed State Pathologist and, like her predecessor, her name became synonymous with murder and tragedy. In over thirty years of practice she has performed thousands of postmortems and dealt with hundreds of murders. She has witnessed the burgeoning role of forensic science and the impact that has had on death investigation and the expectations of the general public, while embracing new technology and welcoming the input of experts in the other sciences. She retired at the end of 2018 to spend more time on the other passion in her life, her family. Her memoir, Beyond The Tape (Hachette Ireland), a number one bestseller, was published in October 2020 and has been nominated for an Irish Book Award.
Patrick Marry is a retired Detective Inspector with 33 years service in An Garda Siochana. Pat enjoyed a varied and interesting career, over the course of which, he worked on many of the country’s most high profile murder investigations, including the murders of Marlynn Rynn, Mary Gough, Rachel Reilly and Irene White. Pat also investigated the murders of Niall Dorr, Ciara Breen, the double murder of Anthony Barnett and Joey Redmond, and the murder of Jacquline McDonagh. The final murder Pat investigated prior to his retirement in 2018, was the Capital Murder of his colleague, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. In 2019, following his retirement, Pat’s book, The Making of a Detective was published. The book was nominated in the ‘Non-Fiction’ category of the An Post Books Awards in 2019 and it was ultimately turned into a series of podcasts entitled ‘The Making of a Detective’, in conjunction with Urban Media and the Irish Sun. The podcast reached the number one spot in the Apple Ireland Podcasts True Crime category for a number of weeks. Pat has gone on to make True Crime documentaries with RTE, ITN Productions, Channel 5 and the Discovery Channel. Pat is now a licensed Private Investigator.