The O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, Chief of the Name, The
18th Baron Inchiquin, 10th Baronet of Leamaneh.
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 ran an exclusive guest house in their home Thomond House at Dromoland until 2008, as well as having turned Dromoland Estate into a major sporting
and leisure centre. Activities included, driven pheasant shooting, stalking, fishing, horse riding, hunter trials, clay pigeon shooting, off road driving, archery and other activities.
Conor O’Brien as Ex 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 recognize the importance of the link between the old Gaelic culture and our modern day Republican culture.
Conor was responsible for the formation of the O’Brien Clan Association and the First Clan Gathering for 400 years in 1992.. The next Clan gathering was held in Ireland
in 2002, to commemorate the 1000th Anniversary of the accession of Brian Boru to the throne of Ireland, and work is already underway for the 2014 Millennium Festival
to celebrate the Battle of Clontarf and the death of his
ancestor Brian Boru.
Conor’s love of motor cars goes back to his childhood but his dream of racing cars did not come to fruition until he took up motor racing in 2003 , aged 60 and he has never looked back since.