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#Shannon Airport

# shannon-airport - Sunday 17 July, 2011

Shannon airport reopens following incident

No one was injured in the earlier incident involving an Aer Lingus Regional flight.

Shannon Airport closed following technical failure on Aer Arann plane

A technical incident involving an Aer Arann plane, which had landed safely, will see Shannon shut until 4pm.

# shannon-airport - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

BA flight to Boston stops in Shannon following ‘technical fault’

A transatlantic flight from London to Boston is forced to land at Shannon, and is set to take off again this morning.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 24 February, 2011

Irish museums and galleries boast 3 million visitors in 2010

Over 3.5 million people attended exhibits and events in Ireland’s cultural institutions – up by 7 per cent on 2009.

# shannon-airport - Thursday 10 February, 2011

Pilots' association says 'speculation' about cause of crash is not helpful.

‘Misleading’ and “hastily-drawn conclusions” criticised as final moments of Cork plane accident are analysed.

# shannon-airport - Friday 17 December, 2010

Ahern suspected US carried prisoners through Shannon: WikiLeaks

Dermot Ahern suspected there had been at least three rendition flights through Shannon, but took America’s word for it – even though he feared paying “a severe political price”.

Ireland suspected Shannon had carried prisoners: the WikiLeak in full

The full text of the leaked document suggesting Ireland believed Shannon Airport had been used to transfer prisoners of war.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Government targeted US-Shannon flights to dampen election criticism - WikiLeaks

The US government considered a civil case against five Irish anti-war protestors, according to the first WikiLeaks document on Ireland.

The first Irish WikiLeak: the full contents

The full transcript of the leaked memo written by ambassador James C Kenny on the US attitude to flights at Shannon.

# shannon-airport - Monday 22 November, 2010

Three Delta flights make emergency landings over weekend

Two Boeing 767s with 400 people make premature landings during internal US flights, a day after one stops in Shannon.

# shannon-airport - Wednesday 8 September, 2010

Ryanair cuts 21% of flights to Shannon airport

The budget airline blames the government’s 10% travel tax for disincentivising travel to the Co Clare airport.

Ryanair to axe more services at Shannon

…Just after Aer Lingus announces cuts in winter flights at the airport.

# shannon-airport - Saturday 31 July, 2010

FINE GAEL MUNSTER MEP Seán Kelly believes that Shannon airport should be renamed, claiming that it doesn’t get as much business as it possibly could because people overseas aren’t sure where ‘Shannon’ is.

His proposal is to rename it as the Ireland Atlantic Coast airport – but here’s our alternative suggestions.

JP McManus Airport
Let’s be fair. Ireland’s richest man – worth an estimated €1.2bn – is probably the single thing keeping the Shannon region afloat in the last couple of years.

But as a major philanthropist – having manufactured a ‘Sporting Limerick’ brand to sponsor Limerick’s GAA teams – he’s also done enough for the region in a legitimate sense.

People who’ll support this: The Limerick GAA county board
People who’ll oppose this: People who resent him for selling Man United to the Glazer family; Opposing racehorse owners.

Limerick Airport
Why not just call a spade a spade? If the problem is that nobody knows where ‘Shannon’ is, why don’t we call it after where it is?

Well, of course, there’s a good reason. Though the airport is considered to be the one that serves Limerick, it’s actually in County Clare. But as anyone who flies Ryanair will know, airports aren’t always necessarily where they’re supposed to be.

People who’ll support this: People from Limerick.
People who’ll oppose this: People from Clare; Cartographers.

Patrick Hillery Airport
If we’re going to acknowledge that the airport’s actually in Clare, then maybe we ought to name it after one of the county’s most famous sons, the two-term President of Ireland?

Hillery was never contested for Ireland’s highest office – being an unopposed candidate on both occasions he ran – and was described as “honourable, decent, intelligent, courteous, warm and engaging” by Brian Cowen at his funeral.

People who’ll support this: Fianna Fáil; people who would rather name it after Hillery than after another former Clare TD, Éamon de Valera.
People who’ll oppose this: The same people who don’t want Dublin Airport named after Seán Lemass.

Keith Wood Airport
One of Ireland’s greatest rugby exports. He himself was from Clare; his dad Gordon – who also played for Ireland, the Lions, Garryowen and Harlequins – was from Limerick. ‘Nuff said.

People who’ll support this: Peladophiles (lovers of baldness); Munster and Harlequins rugby fans
People who’ll oppose this: Peladophobes.

Angela’s Ashes Airport
For what is Limerick most known worldwide? No, it’s not knife crime: among other things, it’s for being the setting of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir.

Of course, there are probably better ideas than naming it after a city with a killer river in which every child seems to catch ‘the consumption‘. Can’t you tell we’re scraping the barrel at this stage?

People who’ll support this: People who appreciate the coolness of having an airport with the ‘AAA’ code.
People who’ll oppose this: The operators of Anaa Airport in French Polynesia, which already uses the ‘AAA’ code.

The Star, reporting the story, reckons other worthy subjects would include Terry Wogan, Celia Holman Lee, Paul O’Connell, Irish Coffee, and Richard Harris.

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