Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh is a professor of Celtic linguistics. He was born in 1966 in Dublin, Ireland.
He gained a BA and an MA from University College Dublin in Irish and mathematics. Subsequently he was awarded a scholarship to study Scottish Gaelic phonology in Scotland. Following a PhD on the subject, he taught at the University of Edinburgh from 1993 onwards.
From 2005 he was Professor of Gaelic at the Celtic Department of the University of Glasgow and held the first ever Chair of Gaelic in Scotland from 2010 on.
His research work focusses on Scottish Gaelic, in particular its dialectology, history, terminology and phonology.
He has published widely, both papers and books, such as:
- Scottish Gaelic in Three Months/Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks (1998)