Joe Ó Dónaill grew up on Árainn Mhór (Aran Island) in Donegal. He’s an expereienced educator and the príomhoide (principal) of Gaelscoil Míde in Dublin.
Joe is well known as the singing partner of Ray Mac Mánais. Together they’ve won countless competitions in lúibíní and agallaimh bheirte. Oireachtas na Gaeilge honoured them with a lifetime achievement award for their contribution to the preservation and promotion of this traditional Irish-language art form.
Joe emcees the sean-nós dancing competitions at th Oireachtas na Gaeilge, broadcast each fall on TG4.
One of Joe’s songs, Amhrán an Ghaeilgeora Bhig nó Amhrán Chian, is featured in the collection Leabhar Nua na nAmhrán.