Marianne's Faithfull to Ireland Forever

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A thousand tears have gone by since the heroin-ridden sixties.

Back then Marianne Faithfull, the angel-faced girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was down on her luck - living as a homeless and hopeless drug addict on the streets of Soho, London's seedy red light area.

Now at 50, her habit is long gone. She is rich, famous, successful and happy to be living life as a single woman. A loving grandmother, the years lost to addiction seem a long way off. Another lifetime, in fact.

Said Marianne: "I'm enjoying life. It's really good, even though I'm working harder than I ever have.

"Partying is now a thing of the past as I really love my work. I live for it."

Marianne could easily afford to sit back and relax after the success of her recent releases.

Low budget albums of the songs of Brecht and Weil and other recordings in her gravely voice have sold well.

As the profits roll in from record sales and her autobiography Faithfull, Marianne is sitting pretty for the first time in years.

She has just decided to leave her beloved Shell Cottage in Co Kildare and buy a house in Dun Laoghaire overlooking the sea.

Shell Cottage on the Carton estate has been home for several years, named after one of its rooms which is decorated with thousands of shells from all around the world.

It's a magical place where reality seems a million miles away, although it's less than a mile through the forest to the main Dublin road.

It was in this picture-book house overlooking the Liffey that Marianne finally laid her inner demons to rest and learned to live with herself.

But she revealed: "I think it's time for me to move on. The Shell Cottage has been kind to me, but I now want a big house by the sea for my old age. I love the sea."

She added: "A certain stage in my life is over, but I'm happy about that."

She wants her new home to have a huge open fireplace, with a living room big enough for her magnificent Steinway grand piano - an inheritance from music producer Denny Cordell, a close friend who died two years ago.

She also wants enough bedrooms for her son and his family to stay when they visit.

But while she now holds her past at arm's length, it is only two years since she dredged it up again in all its gory detail in her autobiography.

It was painful reliving her mis-spent youth, but she says it was something she had to get out of her system.

Now the book may be turned into a movie and Marianne is delighted at the idea. …