Ita Daly was born in County Leitrim but has spent most of her life in Dublin. She was an English teacher when she submitted a story to New Irish Writing and met David Marcus in a Dublin pub (for coffee). Reader, she married him (in 1972). Ita won the Hennessy Literary Award and the Irish Times Short Story Competition and David Marcus (along with Philip MacDermott of Poolbeg Press) published her first, acclaimed, short story collection, The Lady with the Red Shoes, in 1980. She subsequently published four novels with Jonathan Cape/Bloomsbury.
She was both student and teacher in St Louis Rathmines.