Dónall P. Ó Baoill is a native Irish speaker from Donegal. He is a graduate of NUI Galway (BA 1968, Higher Diploma in Education 1969) and of the University of Michigan (MA 1971; PhD 1973). He joined the staff of Irish & Celtic Studies as Professor of Irish in 1999.
His main research interests lie in the areas of applied and theoretical linguistics, the phonology, morphology and syntax of Modern Irish, language planning and standardisation, language contact, Irish-English, Irish Sign Language, Travellers’Cant, linguistic typology, local history and Irish Folklore. His most recent book is a co-authored publication with P. A. Matthews entitled The Irish Deaf Community. Volume II: The Structure of Irish Sign Language. He is co-editor with Dr. John Kirk (School of English, QUB) of Language and Politics: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland (2000) and Language Links: The Languages of Scotland and Ireland (2001), two recent publications in the new series Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics. His voice can also be heard regularly on Raidió na Gaeltachta as a panel member on the extremely popular programme Leagan Cainte.
His hobbies include fishing, gardening and local history.