Conor O’Clery

Journalist & Author

Conor O’Clery wrote for The Irish Times for over 30 years. He was news-editor and resident correspondent in Belfast, London, Moscow, Washington, Beijing and New York. He has written for The New Republic in Moscow and has contributed to Newsweek International. He is a frequent commentator on the BBC and CNN. Conor has won several awards for his work in journalism, including Journalist of the Year on two occasions: in 1987, for his reporting of the Soviet Union and, in 2002, for reporting the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. He has written a number of books including The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune, Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of The Soviet Union and most recently The Shoemaker and His Daughter (2018).


The Shoemaker and His Daughter: Conor O’Clery & Zhanna O’Clery

The Heritage Centre

When countries collapse, people suffer. 30 years ago, the Soviet Union began to fall asunder and although much of the coverage was about the big geopolitical event, the impact on real people’s lives was both devastating and inspirational. Come and listen to this extraordinary, harrowing but life-affirming account of what happened to ordinary people when […]


New Cold War: The Era of Democratic Despots?

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The US is now in a trade war with China. India and Pakistan are squaring off in Kashmir. In Syria and Yemen a proxy war is being fought between Iran, backed by Russia and China, and Saudi Arabia, backed by America. Meanwhile in Africa, China is out-spending the USA to gain future influence. In Venezuela, […]