About Me


A writer's garret / attic / #Covidmademedoit

Letters from Beyond the Pale started life as a Travel blog. In between writing and blogging I worked in Finance; living in Dublin, Sydney, London and San Francisco. Driven by natural curiosity I travelled extensively and went off the beaten track to meet the most important people of any story, the locals. 

I have also battled cancers, heart failure and infertility, while balancing motherhood and a career. I managed to find the levity in the lousy lows and capture the experiences in my writing.  

I am the luckiest unlucky person you will ever meet, but I’ve beaten the odds, seen the other side and made it home to Ireland where I live with my English husband and American daughter.

Nowadays, I am concentrating on my family, my health and my writing. I’ve been on some unforgettable journeys but I’ve found the most interesting stories are often waiting just beyond your doorstep.   



Sheilagh has won the first Dublin Review of Books Flash Fiction Competition. She has written for the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine and Image Magazine. A short story she wrote has been included in the curriculum for the Junior Cert cycle in Irish secondary schools. She currently writes an opinion column for the Irish Medical Times - www.imt.ie and is a contributor to the Irish Times and Irish Independent Newspapers. She is a Reviewer for the British Medical Journal. She volunteers with the Irish Heart Foundation and sits on national steering committees as a Patient Advocate, and acts as a Patient Consultant with the European Heart Network. She loves to cycle, and she blogs.

Contact: Lettersfrombeyondthepale@gmail.com