Niall Ó Dónaill
Niall Ó Dónaill
|Born||27 August 1908|
|Died||10 February 1995 (aged 86–87)|
|Occupation||Irish language lexicographer|
|Spouse(s)||Sorcha Ní Ghallchóir, Na Rosa, County Donegal, Ireland|
Niall Ó Dónaill (27 August 1908 – 10 February 1995) was an Irish language lexicographer from Ailt an Eidhinn, Loughanure, County Donegal. He was the olderst of the six children of Tarlach Ó Dónaill and Éilis Nic Ruairí from Grial, Loughanure. They had a little land and a few cows. His father would spend June to November working in Scotland and died when Niall Ó Dónaill was 13 years old. Ó Dónaill himself would spend summers working in the tunnels in Scotland.
Ó Dónaill is most famous for his work as editor of the 1977 Irish-English dictionary Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, which is still widely used today.
Ó Dónaill received his education at Scoil Loch an Iúir in Loughanure before gaining a scholarship to St Eunan's College in Letterkenny. Another scholarship took him to University College Dublin to study Irish, English and History. In June 1982 he was awarded a D.Litt by Trinity College Dublin.
Ó Dónaill wrote the book Bruigheann Féile which is based on stories of pastimes in the Gaeltacht town Loughanure and its surrounding area. Ó Dónaill's book Na Glúnta Rosannacha was first published in 1952.
Ó Dónaill died in 1995.
1977 - Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla - Irish-English dictionary known as Foclóir Uí Dhónaill
1934 - Bruighean feille - a collection of short stories and historical events in Loughanure
1937 - Beatha Sheáin Mhistéil - The life of John Mitchel
1951 - Forbairt na Gaeilge
1952 - Na Glúnta Rosannacha - the history of The Rosses and the story of the O'Donnell dynasty
1935 - Cineadh an fhásaigh (The kindred of the wild by Charles G. D. Roberts);
1938 - Commando (Commando by Denys Reitz);
1939 - An tOllphéist (Juggernaut by Alice Campbell);
1946 - Seachrán na nAingeal (The Demi-Gods by James Stephens);
1958 - Dhá choinneal do Mhuire (a religious publication by H.B. Zimmerman)