Billy Roche was born in Wexford in 1949.
He was for many years a singer, fronting his own band, The Roach Band.
Best known as a dramatist, he has published one novel, Tumbling Down (Dublin,Wolfhound Press, 1984); and a collection of stories, Tales from Rainwater Pond (Kilkenny, Pillar Press, 2006).
His plays include The Wexford Trilogy (London, Nick Hern Books, 2000): A Handful of Stars (1988); Poor Beast in the Rain (1989); and Belfry (1991).
His other plays include Amphibians (1992); The Cavalcaders (Dublin, The Abbey, Peacock Stage, 1993); Trojan Eddie (1997); Haberdashery (1998); and On Such As We (Dublin, The Abbey, Peacock Stage, 2001, Nick Hern Books, 2002).
The Cavalcaders and Amphibians are published as The Cavalcaders: Two Plays (Nick Hern Books, 2001). Trojan Eddie was filmed in 1996.
A member of Aosdána, he lives in Wexford where much of his work is set.