Mary Coughlan was born in County Galway, Ireland the eldest of five children. By the age of 24, she was a housewife with three young children, married to a teacher. Three years later, she became famous across Europe, with the release of her 1884 album, Tired and Emotional, which went on to sell 100,000 copies in Ireland.
Her hits include ‘Don’t Smoke in Bed’, the Billie Holiday ballad, ‘Good Morning Heartache’, as well as Christy Moore’s ‘Ride On’. Mary now lives in County Dublin with her partner and two children from her second marriage. She is one of Ireland’s foremost musicians.