Joe Mac Donnacha is academic coordinator with the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has previously lectured in language planning and sociolinguistics and is co-author of a number of major studies on the status of Irish as a living language, including the Comprehensive Linguistic Study on the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht (2007) and A Baseline Study of Gaeltacht Schools 2004 (2005). He is also a sean-nós singer and has won a number of national awards for both composing and performing Irish language narrative arts compositions. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Comhthionól Ealaíne na Gaeilge (Oireachtas na Gaeilge) which has responsibility for the development and promotion of Irish language indigenous arts in Ireland.
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