Mary Rose Callaghan was born in Dublin in 1944.
Her novels include Mothers (Dublin, Arlen House 1982, London, Marian Boyars, 1984); Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter (London & New York, Marion Boyars, 1985); The Awkward Girl (Dublin, Attic Press, 1989); Has Anyone Seen Heather? (Attic Press, 1990); Emigrant Dreams (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1996), republished as I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There (New York, Marion Boyars, 1997); The Last Summer (Poolbeg, 1997); The Visitor’s Book (Dingle, Brandon, 2001); and Billy Come Home (Brandon, 2007).
As well as writing extensively for periodicals, she has published Kitty O’Shea: A Life of Katherine Parnell (London, Pandora Press, 1980, San Francisco, Pandora, 1994).
She has been assistant editor of, and wrote thirty articles for The Dictionary of Irish Literature, edited by Robert Hogan (Greenwood Press, 1979 and 1997), and has broadcast several stories on BBC radio. She was runner-up in the first Maxwell House Prize in 1979.
She lives in Bray, Co Wicklow.