Micheál Ó Conghaile was born in Inis Treabhair, Galway, in 1962.
He established the publishing company Cló Iar-Chonnachta (CIC) in 1985 and the company has since published over 300 books and 200 traditional Irish music albums and spoken word albums to date.
His short stories are collected as Mac an tSagairt (Gallimh, Cló Iar-Chonnachta,1986); An Fear a Phléasc (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 1997), An Fear nach nDéanann Gáire (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2003); and The Colours of Man (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2012).
His novels include Sna Fir (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 1999), which was shortlisted for The Irish Times Literature Awards 2001; and the novella Seachrán Jeaic Sheáin Johnny (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2002).
His poetry is collected as Comhrá Cailí (1987).
His plays include Cúigear Chonamara (Gallimh, An Taibhdhearc, 2003), which was awarded the Stewart Parker/BBC Ulster Award, an Oireachtas Award and a Writers Week/Listowel Award and has been translated by Una Ní Chonchuir as The Connemara Five (Galway, Arlen House, 2007); and Jude, one of the winners of Gradam Cuimhneacháin Bháitéir Uí Mhaicín, and published as Jude / Gaeilgeoir Deareanach Charna / Incubus by Micheal O Conghaile, Breandan O hEaghra and Caitriona Ní Chonaola (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2007). .
His other work includes the history Conamara agus Árainn 1880-1980 (which received one of the Irish Books Awards in 1988); and Gnéithe d’Amhráin Chonamara ár Linne (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 1993).
He has translated Martin McDonagh’s plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane as Banríon Álainn an Líonáin; and The Lonesome West as Ualach an Uaignis (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2002).
He has edited the short story anthology for teenagers, Sách Sean Agus Scealta Eile (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2002).
His awards include the The Butler Literary Award of the Irish American Cultural Institute (1997); the 1997 Hennessy Literary Award for his short story Athair; and he was also awarded the Hennessy Young Irish Writer of the Year Award.
He was writer in Residence at Queen’s University, Belfast and at the University of Ulster Coleraine between 1999-2002.
His works have been translated into various languages, including Romanian, Croatian, Albanian, German and English.
A member of Aosdána, he lives in Indreabhán, Co. Galway.