Frank McDonald

Author & Former Environment Editor of The Irish Times

Frank McDonald - Author & Former Environment Editor of The Irish Times

Frank McDonald started his journalistic career shortly after graduating from UCD with a BA in history and politics, as freelance New York correspondent for the Irish Press, subsequently working as a sub-editor and reporter for the paper before joining the Irish Times in 1979, becoming Environment Correspondent in 1986 and Environment Editor in 2000.

He is author of several books including The Destruction of Dublin (1985), Saving the City (1989) and The Construction of Dublin (2000) and joint author with Peigín Doyle of Ireland’s Earthen Houses (1997), with James Nix of Chaos at the Crossroads (2005), and with Kathy Sheridan of The Builders (2008), profiling the developers and others involved in the so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’ era.

A regular contributor to radio and television programmes, he won an Outstanding Work in Irish Journalism award for a series of articles in the Irish Times entitled 'Dublin: What went wrong?' as well as the Lord Mayor’s Millennium Medal for highlighting good contemporary architecture in the city, and the Green Leader Award at the annual Green Awards.

Frank was conferred with an Honorary DPhil by Dublin Institute of Technology (2006), and made an honorary member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (2010) and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2011). He was also a Press Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 2008, and a founder member of the Academy of Urbanism of Great Britain and Ireland.

His autobiography, Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir, is being published by Penguin Ireland later this month.