At Forum 2011, Conor O' Clery, gave the Mary Holland Commemorative Lecture.
He was born
in Belfast and is a graduate of Queen’s University,
Belfast. He worked for The Irish
Times for over 30 years, mainly as foreign correspondent based in London, Moscow, Washington, Beijing and New York. He was twice
Journalist of the Year in Ireland, in
1987 for his reporting of the Soviet Union,
and in 2002 for his first-hand accounts of the 9/11 attack on the
World Trade Centre.
He is the author of several books, including The Billionaire Who Wasn't, a biography
of the American philanthropist Chuck Feeney, and May You Live in Interesting Times, an account
of his experiences as a foreign correspondent. His most recent book, Moscow, 25 December 1991/ The Last Day of the Soviet Union has recently been published.
lives in Dublin
with his Russian-born wife Zhanna.