Donal was educated in St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (B. Agr. Sc) and Master of Agricultural Science (M.Agr.Sc.) from UCD. He has lectured in Agricultural Economics and Farm Business Management in UCD and in Rural Resources with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland in D.I.T. He is also heavily involved in the management of a busy beef and sheep farm in Kilkenny. Donal has taught Agricultural Science and Agricultural Economics in the Institute of Education for 14 years.