Mary Melvin Geoghegan

Mary Melvin GeogheganMary Melvin Geoghegan was born in Dublin in 1951 and has lived for many years in Co. Longford. To date she has four collections of poetry published.
‘The Bright Unknown’ (2003) and ‘Abbeycartron Epiphanies’ (2005) with Lapwing Publications. ‘When They Come Home’ (2008) with Summer Palace and ‘Say It Like a Paragraph’ (2012) with Bradshaw Books.

She won the Longford Festival Award for poetry in 2013 and shortlisted for the Roscommon Festival Award also in 2013 for the Wow! Award with Wordsonthestreet, Publisher, Galway. The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award, The Shinrone Poetry Award, Cuirt Poetry Award and the Scriobh Award.

Her work has been widely published including, The SHOp, Crannog, Skylight 47, Studies, Oxfam Calendar 2007, Poetry Ireland Review Windows 20, Stony Thursday Book, The Maria Edgworth Literary Papers, Galway Advertiser, The Stinging Fly,The Scriob Anthology, Northwest Words, The Cuirt Journal, Wildside, The Moth,Heartlands and Loose Leaves amongst others.

She’s a member of the Writers in Schools Scheme with Poetry Ireland and has edited three anthologies of Longford children’s poetry. Including ‘Ride Along Dear Grandma’ funded by Longford Communjity Resources Ltd in 2003, ‘A Hand in the Future’ an anthology form Stonepark N.S. Longford from a residency funded by Poetry Ireland in 2008. The following year Children’s Books Ireland funded a residency at Ballinamuck N.S. resulting in ‘From the Wild Wild West. She’s an associate editor of the Eurochild Anthology Tigh Fili, Cork of children’s poetry and artwork across the European Union.

Currently working on ‘The Rest of Everything’ to be published in 2006 with Bradshaw Books. She’s a member of The Maria Edgeworth Literary Society and sings with Longford County Choir for the past decade.

Published Work


Say it Like a Paragraph is Mary Melvin Geoghegan fourth collection of poetry. The launch of her book was held in Backstage Theatre Longford in October 2012.