Bachelor in Psychology with honors, University College Cork, 1971. Master of Arts in Psychology with honors, University College Cork, 1973. Master of Education with honors, Trinity College, Dublin, 1974.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University Gothenburg, 1979.
Senior lecturer education University College Karlstad, Sweden, 1993—1994, University College Gävle, Sweden, chair education, 2000.
Director Clare Island Sea Farms, Ireland, 1988—1992. Member of Psychological Society Ireland.
Children: Olof Brendan, Torsten Björn Mac Giolla, Eoin Erik Mac Giolla.