Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was born in St. Helens. Lancashire, England to Irish-speaking parents in 1952. Ag age 5 she was sent back to Ireland to her aunt in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking area of Corca Dhuibhne, the Dingle Peninsula. She was educated an University College, Cork , and taught English for five years at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, before returning to the Kerry Gaeltacht, to dedicate herself to poetry. She has been Writer-in-Residence in most Irish academic and writing institutions and has taught, as visiting professor, at five different American universities, most recently Notre Dame, to which she will return in Fall 2013. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry,(2002—2005).
Her main collections of poetry are : (in Irish only ) An Dealg Droighin(1981), Féar Suaithinseach (1984), Feis (1991) , Cead Aighnis(1998). Dual language collections, with facing English translation are: Rogha Dánta (1984) Pharoah’s Daughter(1990), The Astrakhan Cloak(1992), The Waterhorse (2000), The Fifty-Minute Mermaid(2008). She has also written a libretto, screenplays, and a book of essays in English ,Selected Essays (2005).She currently lives betweeen Dublin, and Datce, Turkey.