Shannon celebrates 70 years of history with exhibition

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

History of an airport: Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes and Operations Director Niall Maloney. Picture: Arthur Ellis.
WHO says all the glamour has gone out of flying when departing passengers at Shannon can lounge about in the company of Gene Kelly, Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe?

WHO says all the glamour has gone out of flying when departing passengers at Shannon can lounge about in the company of Gene Kelly, Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe?

Portraits of the Hollywood icons visiting Shannon are among the memorabilia the airport has put on display in the transit lounge “to enhance the passenger experience”.

Pictured above are Rose Hynes, chairman, Shannon Group and Niall Maloney at the launch of the collection, which is one of the initiatives to mark the 70th anniversary later this year of the first commercial flight to land at Shannon.

Shannon Airport operations director Niall Maloney said the 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,” Mr Maloney said.

Among the items in the collection are various guest visitors’ books signed by global leaders and other VIPs that flew in and out of Shannon over the decades; photos and video footage of the rich and famous and an array of model aircraft.

The items come from the airport’s own archive collection, while members of the public, including former staff, are also being invited to donate or loan items of interest. Anyone with photographs, autographs, souvenirs purchased at the airport or other items can contact Dorothy Quinn, Terminal Operations, Shannon Airport on 061 712218 or dorothy.quinn@shannonairport.ie