Dymphna Lonergan was born in Dublin, Ireland, where she studied the Irish language in school. She immigrated to Australia in 1972. In 1994 she was awarded a Masters degree by Flinders University for her study of Irish language words in Anglo-Irish writing. She was awarded a PhD from Flinders in 2002 for her thesis on ‘The Irish language in Australia’. Currently teaching in the English department at Flinders University, she continues to research the Irish influence on Australian English. Other interests include teaching and conversing in Irish in Adelaide, and attending annual daonscoileanna (folkschools) in Melbourne and Sydney.