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Shannon: The man behind the vision

DR Brendan O’Regan is always spoken about as the most central figure in the development of Shannon, following a glittering career. On the day marking the 70th anniversary of the first transatlantic into Shannon Airport, it is appropriate to recall his invaluable contribution to the airport and the country at large. Born in Sixmilebridge in 1917, his father bought the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and urged the young Brendan to go into hotel management. He made his name managing the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon and the St Stephen’s Green Club in Dublin, before being appointed as catering comptroller at the Foynes Flying Boat base. Two years later, he was transferred to the still new Rineanna Airport and he would open the world’s first duty-free shop, selling Irish whiskey to arriving passengers. Sent to a conference on the post-war Marshall Plan, he was struck by inspiration on the way home. “Because I knew that my report for the Irish Government …

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Shannon Duty Free goes back to its roots

Shannon Duty Free went back to its roots with a relaunch of the World’s Duty Free at a gala ceremony in Shannon on Monday night. Former and current Shannon Duty Free workers celebrated with some famous faces from the past during 40s-inspired entertainment at Shannon Airport. Reverting back to its original title – Shannon Duty Free, which is a world renowned brand name, the relaunch sees the introduction of new signage and branding, a new international supplier ,Gebr Heinemann, while new product lines and layouts are in the process of being implemented in a bid to establish a more effective, exciting and profitable retail outlet. Gebr Heinemann are also the oldest in the world in their field of duty free supply, making the new partnership a unique blend of histories. Guests and passengers alike were treated to a performance by a highly regarded Dean Martin tribute act, and passers-by had to look twice as Marilyn Monroe’s double was “papped” by …

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