Sir Conor O'Brien
The O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, Chief of the
Name, The 18th Baron Inchiquin, 10th Baronet of Leamaneh - aka "The
Great Condor" for flying, rather than driving, his Aston Martin.
Conor Myles John O’Brien born in Surrey, England on 17th July 1943, the
son of the youngest son of 15th Baron Inchiquin, The Hon. Fionn Myles
Maryons O’Brien who married Josephine Bembaron in 1939. He has one
sister, Fiona, who is married to Romano Obert de Thieusies. He became
Chief and Peer on the death of his uncle Phaedrig, the 17th Baron on
20th May 1982. He lives on Dromoland Estate in Thomond House, which is
next to Dromoland Castle. Dromoland Castle was the home of the O’Briens
until 1962, when Bernard McDonough turned it into a luxury 5 star
hotel, in 1963.
Conor was educated in England at Eton College, served in the British
Army, 14th / 20th King’s Hussars in the Middle East, Far East and
Europe from 1962 to 1975. He has lived and worked most of his life
abroad, with 10 years spent in the Far East, Hong Kong and Singapore,
running his own trading company for seven years, finally in Financial
Services in Hong Kong before returning to live in Ireland in 1982. In
1988 he married Helen Farrell of Newtown Forbes, County Longford. They
have two daughters, The Hon. Slaney O’Brien, born 1989 and The Hon.
Lucia O’Brien born 1991.
The family run an exclusive guest house in their home Thomond House at
Dromoland, as well as having turned Dromoland Estate into a major
sporting and leisure centre. Activities include, driven pheasant
shooting, stalking, fishing, horse riding, eventing, hunter trials,
clay pigeon shooting, archery and other activities.
He is presently the Chairman Dromoland Development Company Limited and
of an UK Development Company, Swift International Developments Limited.
Conor O’Brien, as Chairman of "The Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and
Chieftains", is another Chief who believes there is a place for him in
modern Irish life. He says, "with the tremendous interest in roots and
Clans, the Irish Chiefs have a major role that they can play in the
Gaelic and cultural heritage of Ireland and in helping the state
authorities in the promotion of tourism through the medium of the Clan
Associations and Clan Gatherings as well as ensuring that the country
recognise the importance of the link between the old Gaelic culture and
our modern day Republican culture.
Conor is also an advisor to the making of the film "The Lion of
Ireland" based on the best seller historical novel by Morgan Llywelyn.
It is hoped that this film will be made in the next two years and the
script by William O’Brien is presently being considered by a number of
well known film directors. Conor was responsible for the formation of
the O’Brien Clan Association and the First Clan Gathering for 400 years
in 1992. He has formed "The O’Brien Clan Foundation" worldwide and this
was launched in the USA on 17th March 1998. The next Clan gathering
will be in Ireland at the Brian Boru Millennium Festival, 2002 in
Killaloe, Co. Clare, to commemorate the 1000th Anniversary of the
accession of Brian Boru to the throne of Ireland.
His interests are in securing Dromoland Estate for the next generation,
history, trees and wildlife as well as travel, skiing, shooting and
motor cars. He is a member of the Kildare and University Club in Dublin.