Tom Mongan was born in Derryinver, Letterfrack, Co Galway. He spent many years working around Ireland with the forestry before returning home to continue that work in Connemara. Tom also worked part-time at night and weekends at the Clifden Telephone Exchange before the phone system went automatic.
He has been involved in many community organisations, starting when he was sixteen as a member of Muintir Na Tire. Other organisations have included Ballinakill Community Council, Letterfrack Development Association, Tullycross Credit Union, Letterfrack Writers Group, Galway Writers Group, and the Connemara Credit Union.
Tom has always had a great love for reading, and there was always a book on the go. His favourite subject at school was writing short stories that were just a page or two in total. As an adult, he joined the Galway Writer’s Group and later was co-founder of the Letterfrack Writer’s Group. He has had short stories and poems published in various magazines, and in Irelands Own, in particular.
His first book, ‘A Song for the Forest’, takes us on tour around Ireland to remote mountains hidden behind the hills in the daytime and coming out at night to the towns and dances with the show bands. It was written with great encouragement from his wife, Mary, and family. A few pushes from his daughter, Rose, finally got it ‘on the road’ and ‘over the line’ to the printing press.
The success of the first book encouraged the writing of a second one. ‘A Journey Across Years’, takes one on the twists and turns of rural life from pre-electricity days to more recent times.
Tom, and his wife Mary from County Clare, have spent most of their lives at Creggauns, Letterfrack, Co Galway where they have reared their family.