Padraig Rooney was born in Ireland and studied at Maynooth College and at the Sorbonne. When he was sixteen he first came to Switzerland, saw the Rolling Stones in Berne, and never looked back. He has lived in Switzerland for fifteen years, and teaches English at International School Basel. He worked as a freelance travel writer for many years, for the Irish Times, Irish Press, Sunday Tribune, Bangkok Post, and many Asian magazines.
Padraig Rooney has published three collections of poetry. His poems have been winners of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Poetry Business Award, the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the 2012 Listowel Poem Award. His work has been anthologised in Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (Viking), in Haiku World and The Haiku Seasons (Kodansha), and his short stories in Best Irish Short Stories 2 & 3 (Paul Elek).