Hugh O'Donnell was born in Dublin in 1951. His first collection, Roman Pines At Berkley, appeared from Salmon Publishing in 1990. He has been a prize-winner at poetry competitions and spoken on local radio about his work. He has contributed to RTÉ Radio One's, Sunday Miscellany and been short-listed for the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. During the '90's he co-edited, with Isabelle Cartwright, three issues of the literary magazine, Cobweb (NUI Maynooth). In 1998, he received a bursary from Laois County Council to spend some time at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. In 2006 he graduated with an MS in Ecology and Religion from the University of Wales (Lampeter) out of which grew Eucharist and the Lliving Earth (Columbia, 2007), a book of ecological theology. He lives with the Salesian community in Dubiin city where he minsters in the local parish.