Bill Clinton stops off in Shannon Airport

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

Former American president Bill Clinton with Niall Maloney, head of operations in Shannon Airport and Superintendent Derek Smart of Ennis Garda Station, in the airport this Monday
FORMER US president Bill Clinton stopped off in Shannon Airport this Monday morning, landing in Ireland within minutes of current president Barack Obama’s arrival into Belfast.

FORMER US president Bill Clinton stopped off in Shannon Airport this Monday morning, landing in Ireland within minutes of current president Barack Obama’s arrival into Belfast.

Mr Clinton, a regular visitor to these parts in recent months, stopped in Shannon on his way to the Middle East from the US.

The 42nd president arrived at 8am this Monday morning, touching down at almost exactly the same time as Mr Obama arrived in Northern Ireland.

Mr Clinton, who was greeted from his plane on the runway by Shannon’s head of operations Niall Maloney and Superintendent Derek Smart of Ennis Garda Station, spent two and a half hours in transit in the airport.

He was described as being “hugely obliging” and “his usual accomodating self” toward his fellow passengers in the airport, happily posing for pictures and chatting amiably during his stopover.

Clinton, who departed shortly after 10.30am bound for the Middle East, visited Limerick as recently as November 17, when he was the guest of honour at the annual JP McManus sponsored All Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony in UL.

The former president, who previously visited in Limerick in 1998, delivering a powerful speech on O’Connell Street to upwards of 40,000 people, presented 125 students with a third-level scholarship certificate in the University Concert Hall on that occasion.