A Shannon Group delegation is the United States this week attending a number of high-level political and business events to promote the wider region for inward investment and tourism.
Representatives are attending events in Washington, Boston, New York and Philadelphia over the course of three days.
The delegation is led by chairman Rose Hynes, who will head up the St Patrick’s Day promotion with Shannon Group chief commercial officer, Andrew Murphy and Shannon Group head of marketing, Marie Slattery.
Among the high level events attended by Ms Hynes was the St Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Vice President Joe Biden’s residence, at which he singled out Shannon for special attention in his address.She also attended the New York Stock Exchange St Patrick’s Day bell ringing event with a host of Irish and US business leaders.
This afternoon (Wednesday,local time Washington) will attend the official St Patrick’s Day reception with President Barak Obama in the White House.
Ms Hynes said,“Vice President Joe Biden’s breakfast was a really good example of just how deeply Shannon Airport resonates at the top level in the US. We have built a very strong relationship with Vice President Biden and his team over recent years and made a very special effort each time he transited the airport to make him feel welcome.
The Shannon Airport flag will also fly proudly in front of up to 1million people – and many, many more on TV – when the Shannon Airport Police Fire Service march in the Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.
This will be the second largest ever parade marched in by a Shannon contingent, behind on the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade.