Pádraig Ó Fiannachta is a renowned Irish language scholar, poet and priest, born in the Kerry Gaeltacht in 1927. He studied at Maynooth, University College Cork and All Hallows, Clonliffe College. He was ordained a priest in 1953. He spent some time in Wales prior to returning to Maynooth College where he became professor of early Irish in 1960 as well as Welsh Language lecturer. He was made professor of Modern Irish at Maynooth in 1982. He was awarded the Douglas Hyde prize for literature in 1969. He translated and edited an Irish language version of the Bible - An Bíobla Naofa which was published in 1982.
He retired from Maynooth in 1992, returning to Dingle as parish priest. In 1998 he was awarded the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II. In 2013, he was made a Companion of the Order of Clans of Ireland. He is involved in many Dingle events such as the blessing of the boats and participated in the Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis name change debate.