Lord Inchiquin, former owner of Dromoland Castle in Co Clare, dies aged 79

Conor O’Brien, the 18th Baron Inchiquin, was ‘chief’ of O’Brien clan

Lord Inchiquin, the 18th Baron Inchiquin, has died aged 79.

He died on June 3rd at his home, Thomond House on the Dromoland Estate in Newmarket-on-Fergus in Co Clare.

Chief of the 700,000-strong O’Brien clan, Conor O’Brien was married Longford native Helen O’Farrell. They had two daughters, Slaney and Lucia and two grandsons, Conn and Jack. He was predeceased by his parents, Fionn and Josephine.

Dromoland Castle had been the home of the O’Briens until 1962. A year later US businessman Bernard McDonough turned it into a luxury five star hotel. O’Brien turned the rest of the Dromoland Estate into a sporting and leisure venue.


From 1984 until 2008, the O’Briens ran an exclusive guest house in their Thomond House home.

Lord Inchiquin was responsible for the formation of the O’Brien Clan Association and the First Clan Gathering for 400 years in 1992. He formed The O’Brien Clan Foundation worldwide, launching it in the US on March 17th 1998.

His funeral will take place at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Newmarket-on-Fergus on Saturday at 2pm, followed by a private cremation service. Donations may be sent to the Irish Kidney Association and Milford Home Care Team.

Jade Wilson

Jade Wilson

Jade Wilson is a reporter for The Irish Times