Tonaí Ó Roduibh became a member of the Cumann Staire when he started his Arts BA programme. In his second year he specialised in history and archaeology and in his final year was elected Oifigeach Chaidreamh Poiblí (PRO) of the Cumann Staire. Having successfully been accepted as a PhD student under Prof. Steven Ellis he continued his involvement with the Cumann Staire by organising Arts Bál 2006. Through his introduction of new organising and promotion approaches it grew to over 900 attendees, making it the largest university formal dress ball. For the academic years 2006-07 and 2007-08 Tonaí was elected head of the Cumann Staire. In his position of Reachtaire he pursued the re-organisation of the organisation to make it one of the leading student societies of Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh. Among the many innovations were: the development of international links; the Cumann Staire hosted and organised the CCS-IHSA annual conference; a new international student conference, Aistir, was started; an award winning website was developed by Tonaí and a strong fund-raising model was established. As Rúnaí Tonaí led the writing of a new enlarged constitution for the Cumann Staire, expanded on the growing number of high quality guest speakers and created a conference attendance fund for history students.
Tonaí is a native of Ros Comáin and is currently completing his PhD thesis alongside studying for a Grad. Dip. in primary school teaching at Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál (MIC), Luimneach. His doctoral thesis is on the impact of inflation on the prices and wages of Tudor ruled Dublin. His research interests include: Economic history; Pricing and inflation; Monetisation in mediaeval economies; Debasement as an economic policy in early modern Europe; The growth in long distance trade in early modern Europe; Colonisation and economic policies; The early modern ‘Price Revolution’; Economics, demographics and social change; Historiography; Languages and linguistics. His interest and experience in web design resulted in his appointment as webmaster of the new Comhaltas na gCumann Staire / Irish History Students’ Association website in 2009. Tonaí speaks Irish, English, French and Spanish, and can understand Catalan.