Pluincéad is a retired primary teacher. He was vice chairman of The Northwest Theatre Project committee which was instrumental in getting An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny and has been on the Board of Management of An Grianán since its inception. He has been involved in theatre all his life –growing up as a member of Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, and since moving to Letterkenny he founded Aisteoirí Adhamhnáin and Letterkenny Music and Drama Group.
He has produced many plays, musicals and concerts: won many director awards on the drama and musical festival circuits, including the All Ireland Confined Drama Festival in 2012 and runner up in the All Ireland AIMS Awards in 2007.
He was a recipient of the Rehab/ AIB Donegal People of the Year Awards for his work in amateur theatre in 2000. He also acted in Gleann Ceo on TG 4 and is on the Audience Board of TG4.