Selected press clippings over the years.
Hotel & Catering Review – August 2002
Dr Brendan O’Regan founded Shannon College of Hotel Management in 1951. He was a man ahead of his time – a true visionary.
In 1943, the Government appointed O’Regan as Catering Comptroller at Foynes flying boat base. Brendan went on to be successful in many of his endeavours after leaving Foynes, including developing Shannon International Airport in Rineanna, the setting up of the World’s first Duty Free shop at Shannon and the extension of it in the form of the Shannon Industrial Free Zone.
He established the Shannon College of Hotel Management in 1951, lead the restoration of Bunratty Castle and its medieval banquets, Knappogue and Dunguaire as similar attractions and the Craggaunowen visitor attraction. In 1961, he founded Shannon Development and later, Obair, a community development organisation centred in Newmarket-on-Fergus.
In 1978, Dr O’Regan founded Co-operation North to overcome violence and unemployment through widespread and ongoing economic, cultural and social co-operation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Brendan died peacefully, February 2008, having left a permanent mark on the Shannon region, Ireland and the world.