Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill

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Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill
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Maighread in Cork, 2005
Background information
Birth nameMaighréad Ní Dhomhnaill
Born1955 (age 64–65)
Kells, Meath, Ireland
GenresIrish Traditional
Years active1969–present
LabelsGael-Linn Records
Associated actsSkara Brae, T with the Maggies

Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill (Irish pronunciation: [ˈmaiɾʲəd̪ˠ nʲiː ˈɣoːn̪ˠəlʲ]; born 1955) is an Irish traditional singer from Kells, County Meath. Known for her work with the short-lived, but very highly regarded Skara Brae and her collaborations with sister Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, as well as other traditional musicians. Most recently she has recorded and performed with the West Ocean String Quartet (WOSQ).[1]

Maighread is also, along with her sister Tríona, Moya Brennan, and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, part of a new Celtic supergroup T with the Maggies, who have released a new CD as of October 2010.[2]


Maighread was brought up in Kells, County Meath. (In the 1930s some Irish-speaking families were relocated to Meath as part of a government scheme to create a new Gaeltacht area near Dublin). Her father's family were native Irish-speakers from Rann na Feirste, County Donegal and Maighread was therefore brought up speaking the language, along with her sister Tríona and brothers Éamonn, Mícheál and Conall.

Maighread comes from one of Ireland's best-known musical families. Her father was a well-known song collector and songwriter and her aunt, Néillí Ní Dhomhnaill, was a collector of traditional songs.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Maighread first came to prominence as a member of the group Skara Brae. The other members of the group were Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (her brother), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (her sister) and Derry's Dáithí Sproule. The only recording that the group made still remains a classic.[3]

" They were the first traditional songs done to guitars – it was the first time the pop music thing was brought to the Irish language. It would be lovely if people knew where it all started. I pressurised Gael Linn to reissue the album. I was on a mission."

The songs on her solo albums are mostly sung in Irish. Mícheál and Triona accompanied her on the albums No Dowry, and on 'Idir an da Sholas'.

Her 1976 debut album was issued under the name Mairéad Ní Dhomhnaill, but since then she has reverted to the original spelling of her first name to "Maighread". She has also previously used the spelling "Maighréad", but has since removed the accented e.

Personal life[edit]

Maighread studied nursing and raised a family, giving up music for a while[3]

Maighréad was looking after her two children in Dublin, and working part-time on nights as a theatre nurse in Mount Carmel hospital in Dublin: "I loved theatre," she says, with passion.

Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill is married to Cathal Goan,[3] former Director-General of Raidió Teilifís Éireann.


Solo albums


  1. ^ "Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill".
  2. ^ "T With The Maggies". Compass Records.
  3. ^ a b c d from an interview with Maighréad Ni Dhomhnaill from the Irish Times, 27 November 1998.