The life and times of Brendan O’Regan – podcast

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(Recorded live on Sat 13 April  2024, @ Shannon College of Hotel Management, Co. Clare)

Born in 1917 in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, Brendan O’Regan’s background was in hotel management and catering, working in the family hotel in Ennis, the St Stephen’s Green Club in Dublin and the world’s first duty-free shop in Shannon Airport, where he is credited with inventing Irish coffee.

In 1951 he founded Shannon College of Hotel Management and our Training Restaurant is ‘The O’Regan Restaurant’. In 1959 he was appointed by Seán Lemass as the first head of the Shannon Airport Development Association (later known as the Shannon Free Airport Development Company), which stimulated the establishment not only of an industrial base in rural County Clare but also of a whole new town, Shannon.

Retiring in 1977, he remained active, founding Co-operation North. Despite these achievements, since his death in 2008 he has remained a somewhat obscure figure. To rectify this lacuna, join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with Frank BarryÚna Ní BhroiméilSeán DonlonBrian O’Connell and Brendan’s son, Andrew O’Regan.

This Hedge School is supported by Sixmilebridge Historical Society.


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