Conor Pope

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Conor Pope
Born Conor Malachy Pope
(1968-08-03) August 3, 1968 (age 45)
Galway, County Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Journalist
Known for "Pricewatch" in The Irish Times, appearances on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM

Conor Pope (born 3 August 1968)[1] is an Irish journalist who works on The Irish Times website and has a particular interest in consumer protection.

Pope writes the Pricewatch column and blog in The Irish Times as well as occupying a segment of the same name on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Galway, Conor moved with his family to County Cork when he was six and they returned when he was thirteen.[4] He studied English and Philosophy at University College Galway (UCG). Upon graduating, he took a programming course in FÁS, then worked at the Connacht Tribune as placement.[4] After working there, he taught English in Spain for two years, then completed a Masters in journalism at UCG, working his placement for that course in the Connacht Tribune.

Career[edit]

In 1996, Conor joined The Irish Times, becoming involved with the paper's website.[4] He has also written a book advising consumers how to spend money wisely.[5]

He was one of the panelists on the consumer-related game show Highly Recommended. In 2009 he presented Living Lightly, a consumer lifestyle programme, on RTÉ.

In 2012, as part of his job, he rang into TV3's Psychic Readings Live and asked Psychic Wayne about a concern he felt that someone he is connected to in his job was stealing money belonging to other people. He was promptly cut off.[6]

He also supports the campaign to erect a statue in Galway in memory of Che, the countercultural symbol of rebellion who was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the execution of political opponents. This has led to controversy over the appropriateness of such a statue.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pope revealed his date of birth on The Ray D'Arcy Show on 16 February 2009, by indicating he shared a birthday with Terry Wogan. Wogan had been a guest that morning, occupying Pope's normal slot thus delaying his appearance.
  2. ^ Pricewatch blog, The Irish Times.
  3. ^ Contributors to The Ray D'Arcy Show.
  4. ^ a b c Conor Pope biography, Galway Independent.
  5. ^ Pope, Conor. Stop Wasting Your Money, Liberties Press.
  6. ^ Pope, Conor (July 17, 2012). "Fortunes in the making". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Pope, Conor (August 9, 2012). "Guevara merits recognition in his Galway homeland". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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