Mary was born in 1970 and was raised along with her five siblings in the North Kerry village of Ballylongford.

Mary studied theology and history at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. She studied for the Higher Diploma in Education in University College Galway. In recent times she undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support and Special Educational Needs in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She has just completed her Masters degree in Educational Management in Waterford Institute of Technology.

She teaches in Presentation Secondary School, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She also works for the Special Education Support Service. She worked in the Arts for many years including time with Writers’ Week Listowel and the Brendan Kennelly Summer Festival. She has written features for a number of publications including ‘The Kerryman’, ‘The Sunday Independent’ and ‘The Sunday Tribune’. She has edited a number of publications.  In 2004 she published ‘Sunny Spells, Scattered Showers’ a collection of poetry and paintings with the artist Rebecca Carroll. In 2010 she published another body of work, ‘From the Stones’, a collection of poetry and paintings with the renowned artist Brenda Fitzmaurice.

Mary currently lives in Glin, Co. Limerick with her husband Gus and their three children Ruth, Matthew and Caleb.


Mary Kennelly