Ó Dálaigh, Gofraidh Fionn (d. 1387) chief ollamh of Munster, belonged to the Dúthaigh Ealla branch of the Ó Dálaigh family. He did his professional studies in the school of the family of Maol-Mhuire Mac Craith, where both he and Maolmhuire were students. He was praise-poet to the earls of Desmond – two of his poems are addressed to the famous Gearóid Íarla (Gerald Fitzgerald (qv), 3rd earl of Desmond), the poet – and to the McCarthys of Desmond and the O'Briens of Thomond. He is the author of a long poem of 224 verses, ‘Fa gniomhraidh meastar mic riogh’ (By deeds is the son of a king valued), addressed to Diarmait son of Cormac MacCarthy. A poem is addressed to Conchobar O'Donnell (qv) (d. 1342), ‘A fhir theid i dTir Conaill’ (‘O man who goes to Tirconnell’). A poem addressed to Domhnall MacCarthy, ‘Maith an locht airdriogh oige’ (‘Forgive the fault, O young archking’), is intended to arouse him to opposition against the English, holding up Conn Cétchathach (qv) to him as a model. The opening verse of his poem ‘Filidh Éireann go haointeach’ (The poets of Ireland to one house), celebrating the famous Christmas feast given by Uilliam O'Kelly (qv) (d. 1381) to the bardic poets of Ireland, at Galey on Loch Ree (1351), is cited without attribution in the Annals of Clonmacnoise. One of his more famous poems is addressed to Maurice fitz Maurice FitzGerald (Muiris Óg), 2nd earl of Desmond, ‘Mor ar bhfearg riot a ri Saxon’ (‘Great is our anger against you, O king of England’), written c.1356. It has been argued that Gofraid's poetry shows a degree of self-consciousness quite unusual in bardic poetry.
His death is registered in the Annals of the Four Masters. The religious verse sometimes ascribed to him may have been written by another Gofraidh Fionn, son of Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh (qv).