Patricia O’Reilly was born in Dublin. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and teaches writing in UCD, the Irish Writers’ Centre, literary festivals and elsewhere.
Her latest novel The First Rose of Tralee is the story of Mary O’Connor (182?-1845) the servant girl who stole the heart of the master of West Villa, and she is the inspiration for the annual Rose of Tralee International Festival
Patricia is an expert on Irish designer Eileen Gray. The Interview, set in Paris in 1972, centres on Eileen Gray’s meeting with rising star of Fleet Street, Bruce Chatwin; and Time & Destiny is also about Eileen Gray;
A Type of Beauty the story of Kathleen Newton, long-listed for Historical Novel Society Award, tells of her love affair with French artist James Tissot; Once Upon A Summer is based on a true story set during the summer of 1959 in County Kerry.
Felicity’s Wedding, a contemporary novel was book club choice in Germany. Her short stories are published in magazines and various anthologies.
Her non-fiction titles are: Writing for Success; Working Mothers; Earning Your Living from Home; Writing for the Market and Dying with Love.
In her time Patricia has been a freelance feature writer for newspapers ad magazines, creator of radio documentaries, plays and broadcast scores of Sunday Miscellany pieces.