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Brady was born in Tullamore in County Offaly, Ireland. He received his formal education at St. Columba's Christian Brothers College, in Tullamore; the Cistercian College, Roscrea in County Tipperary, and at University College Dublin, where he also edited the college newspaper.
He was the editor of the Sunday Tribune before assuming the Editorship of the prestigious The Irish Times in 1986. During his extensive career at the Times, piloting it through a transformative period in Ireland's history in the 1980's-1990's, during which Ireland altered from being a society dominated by the Roman Catholic Church, and nationalist political Fenian hued Conservatism based on the legacy of the founding of the modern Irish state via the Irish Revolution, to an outward looking modern state with a booming economy dubbed "The Celtic Tiger", Brady was judged to be an excellent Editor who had increased the newspapers circulation figures.
He retired from The Irish Times in 2002, but the lustre of his extended tenure at its helm was dimmed when he left the title in financial dire straits in his final year, and it subsequently was revealed that he had negotiated a highly lucrative financial package and pension entitlement for himself as a part of his departure.
He published his autobiography, entitled Up with The Times, in 2005.
He has written several published books on a range of subjects, from histories of the Irish Police Force; personal memoirs of his journalistic career, and a crime fiction novel series featuring the character of "Detective Sergeant Joe Swallow", under the titles A June of Ordinary Murders and The Eloquence of the Dead.
- Guardians of the Peace: The Irish Police (2000).
- Up with The Times (2005).
- A June of Ordinary Murders (2012).
- The Eloquence of the Dead (2013).
- The Guarding of Ireland: The Garda Siochana & the Irish State 1960-2014 (2014).
- A Hunt in Winter (2016).
- "Brady to step down after 16 years as Irish Times editor". Irish Independent. August 1, 2002.
- 'Conor Brady defends €2.2 million golden goodbye'. 'The Sunday Times', 2 November 2003. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/connor-brady-defends-euro22m-golden-goodbye-x5hvpsw87cf
- Brady's profile as an Irish Times columnist (2017). https://www.irishtimes.com/profile/conor-brady-7.2712423
- 'British-Irish Association' website (2017). http://www.britishirishassociation.org/aboutus.htm