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Rail spur line to Shannon Airport will close the gap with Dublin

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*Jackie Whelan. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan A prominent Clare businessman has declared a spur line to Shannon Airport will result in increased passengers and more people staying in the West of Ireland. Jackie Whelan is the owner of the West Clare Railway, Tullagower Quarries and alongside his wife Pauline is the co-owner of The Railway Bar…

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‘Golden opportunity’ to turn Shannon Shamrock into theme park

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Shannon Group “have a golden opportunity” to turn an unused hotel into a historic theme park in Bunratty, local councillors have claimed. In 2009, the Shannon Shamrock Hotel closed as a new owner could not be found to take over its operations. In April 2017, Crescent House Ltd who had taken ownership of the site…

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Council invited to nominate Dowling for board of Shannon Group

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*Pat Dowling. Photograph by Arthur Ellis Clare County Council has been invited to nominate its CEO Pat Dowling for a position on the board of Shannon Group plc. In 2016, Dowling began his seven year term as the Council’s Chief Executive Officer. Cllr Gerry Flynn first tabled a motion in July of the same year…

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Thomas concerned by Brexit’s impact on Shannon Airport

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In the midst of Brexit and Britain’s expected departure from the European Union, Shannon Airport will be without connectivity to the continent which has “concerned” airport management. Matthew Thomas, CEO of Shannon Group plc briefed elected officials of Clare County Council on Monday where he presented an update on their activity so far in 2018.…

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Shannon adds East Midlands summer service

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Ryanair has announced a new twice weekly East Midlands service that will commence out of Shannon International Airport in April. It will run from April 5th to October 25th next year operating during Shannon’s summer season with flights every Monday and Friday. The airport anticipates the route will add 22,000 seats. Managing Director of Shannon…

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Norwegian to expand services at Shannon next summer

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Norwegian Air International have confirmed it will increase its capacity on its Shannon to New York service next summer. In its inaugural year the service recorded a strong performance and led to extra flights this summer and strengthened services for the winner, the airline has now announced it is to increase its Shannon-Stewart operations from…

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Thermo King celebrates forty years in Shannon

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Four decades of commitment to the Shannon Free Zone has been honoured with a presentation to one of its long-standing operations, Thermo King. This year, Thermo King celebrates its eightieth birthday but also marks an important Irish milestone as it has reached forty years of operations at Shannon. Just two years after it set up…

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Shannon Heritage MD Niall O’Callaghan: ‘my first job was washing pots’

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Shannon Heritage MD Niall O'Callaghan. Photo courtesy of Shannon Heritage

EVEN though Shannon Heritage Managing Director Niall O’Callaghan’s initial career path wasn’t in the tourism sector, it seems it’s a life he was destined for. His first job was washing pots in the Dunraven Arms Hotel in his hometown of Adare, one of the stalwarts of Irish tourism. Six months after taking on the role…

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