Tuesday 25 October 2016

The bar that never closes pulls in €2m

Gordon Deegan

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

Marlon Brando at the airport
Marlon Brando at the airport
Maureen O’Hara with Shannon Catering College worker Michael Collins

The bar where US President Barack Obama had his first pint of Guinness here clocked up sales of €2.14m last year.

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The figure is contained in tender documentation published by the Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) as it seek firms to operate Sheridan's Bar in the departure's lounge..

The bar - named after the man who invented Irish Coffee - boasts a glorious past and has been frequented by Hollywood royalty down the years.

Famous patrons included Marlon Brando, Maureen O'Hara, Robert de Niro, Tom Hanks and Fred Astaire along with Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

The bar has also been the last pub enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands of US troops at Shannon before continuing on their journey to warzones.

The bar is named after Joe Sheridan, a former chef at Shannon Airport who invented the world-famous Irish Coffee in 1943.

The bar has opening hours other publicans can only dream of: because of its special status it's open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sales at the bar last year increased from €2.1m to €2.148m.

The tender also discloses that the Co Clare airport is forecasting 1.8 million international terminal passengers this year - rising to 2.08 million in 2020.

According to the acting chief executive of Shannon Group, Mary Considine, the bar is "an excellent opportunity for an operator to invest in our continued rejuvenation of the airport campus which last year had over 1.7 million passengers".

Irish Independent

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