Originally from Belfast, Réaltán Ní Leannáin lives in Dublin. She has worked as a teacher at secondary level and later with Trinity College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast in their education colleges. She was the Writer-In-Residence with DCU in 2019.
Her short story 'Clic' – from the collection Dílis (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2015) – won the first place in the Oireachtas na Gaeilge short story competition 'Comórtas Gearrscéalaíochta Uí Mháine' sa bhliain 2014, and the title story from the same collection won a prize in Comórtas Liam Mhic Uistin in 2013. Her novel, Cití na gCártaí was shortlisted in the An Post Love Leabhar Gaeilge Book of the Year Awards in 2019.
A list of her work is available on her blog turasailse.blogspot.com
Réaltán works with Poetry Ireland providing writing workshops and with the Foras na Gaeilge writer mentoring scheme.