Monday 19 November 2018

How it began: O'Regan's innovative dream allowed region to take off

Barry Duggan

SHANNON Airport and the surrounding region would not have emerged as a leading industrial hubs were it not for a catering manager who was supposed to supply flying boats.

The enthusiasm and drive of Brendan O'Regan was first noticed by former Taoiseach Sean Lemass while Mr O'Regan worked as manager of the St Stephen's Green Club in Dublin.

Mr Lemass asked Mr O'Regan to take over the catering role at Foynes, Co Limerick, in 1943, where flying boats would land on the Shannon estuary.

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