Wednesday 28 September 2016

The A-List celebrities who have passed through Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport will launch a ‘Runway of Fame' exhibition to celebrate its 70th anniversary

Published 10/04/2015 | 11:49

Marilyn Monroe having an Irish Coffee in Shannon Airport
Marilyn Monroe having an Irish Coffee in Shannon Airport
U.S. President Ronald Reagan arrives at the Shannon Airport June 1, 1984
US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush arrive 25 June, 2004
Ted Kennedy pictured at Shannon Airport
Fidel Castro in 1982 at Shannon Airport
Bing Crosby signs the visitor's book in Shannon Airport in 1961
Actor Gene Kelly pictured in Shannon Airport in the 1950s
Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) with her children Caroline and John at Shannon Airport, at the start of a family holiday in Ireland, 15th June 1967
Pope John Paul II waves as he boards an Aer Lingus flight at Shannon Airport following his visit to Ireland on October 01, 1979.

Marilyn Monroe, Tom Hanks and Jackie O are among the famous faces expected to feature in a new exhibition celebrating the famous passengers who have passed through Shannon Airport throughout its 70 year history.

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Shannon Airport is currently collecting celebrity memorabilia to create a ‘Runway of Fame’ which will mark the airport’s 70th anniversary this year.

The exhibition, which will be a permanent fixture in the transit lounge, will feature fantastic pictures of the A-listers who have passed through the airport ranging from movie stars and presidents, not to mention Pope John Paul II.

Photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onnaiss on the tarmac with her children and a funny snap of Marilyn Monroe sipping an Irish coffee are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to footage and photographs documenting Shannon Airport’s rich celebrity history.

Just last summer Oscar winner Tom Hanks posed for photos in the airport’s Arrivals lounge, while actors Gene Kelly and Bob Hope have also passed through.

Although not a soul managed to snap a photo of Kim and Kanye West during their honeymoon last year, they too are thought to have landed on Shannon Airport’s tarmac on their private jet.

Marilyn Monroe having an Irish Coffee in Shannon Airport
Marilyn Monroe having an Irish Coffee in Shannon Airport
US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush arrive 25 June, 2004
Tom Hank stopped off at Shannon Airport in the summer and took time out to watch the All Ireland minor hurling semi final.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan arrives at the Shannon Airport June 1, 1984
Actor Gene Kelly pictured in Shannon Airport in the 1950s
Fidel Castro in 1982 at Shannon Airport
Ted Kennedy visits Shannon Airport
Bing Crosby signs the visitor's book in Shannon Airport in 1961
Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) with her children Caroline and John at Shannon Airport, at the start of a family holiday in Ireland, 15th June 1967
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extends her hand on May 5, 2012 in Shannon Airport
Pope John Paul II waves as he boards an Aer Lingus flight at Shannon Airport following his visit to Ireland on October 01, 1979.

The airport is now calling out for passengers to share their footage and photographs of celebrities captured throughout the decades to feature on the 'Runway of Fame'.

Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney said, “Shannon Airport’s significance in the world of aviation is unrivalled for an airport of its size and it’s only right that we would begin developing a collection that captures this. 

“When you think of all the firsts that came out of Shannon, from being the original transatlantic gateway between Europe and the US to the home of duty free, there’s incredible history here and this initiative will help recognise that.”

Anyone with photographs and autographs that they would like to be included should contact should email dorothy.quinn@shannonairport.ie.

Tom Hank stopped off at Shannon Airport in the summer and took time out to watch the All Ireland minor hurling semi final.
Tom Hank stopped off at Shannon Airport in the summer and took time out to watch the All Ireland minor hurling semi final.
Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) with her children Caroline and John at Shannon Airport, at the start of a family holiday in Ireland, 15th June 1967
Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) with her children Caroline and John at Shannon Airport, at the start of a family holiday in Ireland, 15th June 1967

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