Michelle was born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Gweedore, Co. Donegal. She lived in Dublin for many years during which time she studied journalism in Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street.
She started out her career in journalism writing for Foinse and Lá. Over the years she has worked for the Irish Daily Mirror and the Star on Sunday and has done freelance work for The Irish Times, the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner. She has recently expanded her repertoire across different media, and has done a lot of work with radio and television stations. She presented Éagóir on TG4 from 2011–2014. She is currently working as a senior journalist with the Donegal Democrat.
Michelle is very interested in language matters and was chairperson of Coiste Comhairleach na nÓg and a member of Coimisiún na Gaeltachta. She won second place in the literary competition of Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2004 for her short story ‘Baile na mBlaincéad’ and won the Corn Mháire Nic Dhonnachadha in the same year for sean-nós singing. Cois Life is the publisher of her first book of fiction, the novel An tIriseoir.
Updated June 2017
Fuascailt an iriseora (Le teacht, Cois Life, 2018)
An tIriseoir (Cois Life, 2016)