Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, County Kerry where he still lives. From 1975 until his recent retirement, he was a teacher in the local primary school, later becoming the school principal teacher. He is author of more than forty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. A cassette of his poems, The Space Between: New and Selected Poems 1984-1992, is also available. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on education and the arts.