Frank McDonald

Frank McDonald

Company: Irish Times

Job title: Former editor


Frank McDonald is a Dubliner and UCD graduate who was Environment Editor of the Irish Times from 2000 until he “retired” in 2015. He is also author of several books including The Destruction of Dublin (1985), Saving the City (1989) and The Construction of Dublin (2000), and joint author with James Nix of Chaos at the Crossroads (2005), which documented the environmental destruction of Ireland during the boom years, and with Kathy Sheridan of The Builders (2008), profiling the developers and others involved in the so-called Celtic Tiger’s casino culture. A regular contributor to radio and television programmes, he won the Outstanding Work in Irish Journalism award in 1979 for a series of articles in the Irish Times entitled “Dublin: What went wrong?” as well as the Lord Mayor’s Millennium Medal (1988) and two National Media Awards (1999 and 2003). He was conferred with an honorary DPhil by Dublin Institute of Technology in 2006, honorary membership of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (2010), honorary fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2011), honorary life membership of the National Union of Journalists (2014) and honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2019). He was also a Press Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 2008, and a founder member of the Academy of Urbanism. His autobiographical work, Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir was published in October 2018 by Penguin Ireland.


Introduction from conference chair 9:20 am

day: 29 April 2020