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Purchase of Shannon Shamrock site by Shannon Group unlikely

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Shannon Group plc have diffused calls from elected representatives of the Shannon Municipal District to purchase the site of the Shannon Shamrock Hotel in Bunratty.

RaAt Tuesday’s meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, correspondence from Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties outlined they would be supportive of moves made to develop the facility but suggested that it would be them leading the way on such progression.

“As you are aware the property in question is for sale on the open market. You will appreciate that Shannon Group as a commercial company is not in a position to disclose any commercial considerations it might have in relation to the sale. Shannon Group would be fully supportive of any development by the ultimate purchaser which would complement the offering by Shannon Heritage at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park”.

O’Driscoll’s reply comes following a motion at the January meeting of the Shannon Municipal District tabled by Cllr Pat McMahon which requested the local authority ask Shannon Group plc “to seriously consider the purchase of the Shannon Shamrock Hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare.   To consider the creation of a historic theme park and also to alleviate car parking problems at certain times during the year”.

McMahon felt the site of the Shamrock is “an absolute eyesore to the growth of Bunratty”. Sixmilebridge councillor, John Crowe viewed the opportunity to buy the site as “a golden opportunity, they will never get an opportunity like this”.

Earlier this month, Shannon Heritage lodged plans with Clare County Council for a multi-million euro rejuvenation of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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