Maureen Gallagher was born in Monaghan. At present she lives in Galway where she works as a special needs resource teacher.
She began writing poetry in 1998. Since then her work has appeared widely in Ireland, Britain, New Zealand and the United States in publications such as The Shop, Poetry Ireland, Orbis, The Rialto, The Reater, Potpourri (USA), Free Lunch (USA), River King Poetry Supplement (USA). Maureen was a feature writer in Envoi Issue 134. She is in the process of preparing her first poetry collection.
Maureen also writes prose and her short stories have appeared in The Sunday Tribune, Books Ireland, Ropes and West 47. She ‘s had reviews and criticism published in The Cork Literary Review, Ropes, The Burning Bush, Magpie Magazine, The Connaught Tribune among others. She was a prizewinner in the New Writer 2002 essay competition.
Maureen has given readings of her poetry many times at poetry events including at Galway Arts Centre, the Western Writers’ Centre, University College Galway and the Project Arts Centre. In June 2002, she was a finalist in the Dublin Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam. Her work has been broadcast on RTE’s Rattlebag.