With musicians in his family for generations, Dónal grew up singing in English and Irish. To pass the time on long car journeys, he and his brothers would work out 4-part harmonies in the backseat. After studying Law, Dónal's career started off as an international human rights researcher, and he went on to work at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, representing the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders at the Human Rights Council (2014).
For the past few years, Dónal has performed and recorded in a variety of genres. As a collaborative artist, he loves making music with various people as a songwriter or vocalist. He has lent his voice to acts like Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Jimmy McCarthy and Mercury Award®-nominee Sam Lee. He also recorded and toured with Dublin-based Nova Collective, led by pianist Louis Ryan. His various musical outlets include travelling music production Tourist Walk, Irish-American group Bosca, folk/soul band TRÚ and original collaborative project, weavers.