Shannon is Ireland’s newest and only planned town. With the development of the Shannon
Free Zone it was soon recognised that there was a major need for accommodation close
About the Airport
Work began on draining the marshland at Rineanna to build Ireland’s first transatlantic
airport in 1936. By 1942 a serviceable airport had been established and was named
Shannon Airport. In October 1945 the first ......
About the Project
The Industrial Estate
Established in 1959 the Shannon Free Zone Industrial Estate provided factories and
infrastructure with the purpose of attracting overseas companies. The strategy was
This project is funded with assistance from the Leader Fund
Shannon, Ireland’s newest town has now reached fifty years old and Dúchas na Sionna,
the town’s heritage group are conducting a Social History Survey to find out more
about how the community formed. The project was launched on Friday 11th March in
the Sean Lemass Public Library, where a display of photographs of Shannon since its
beginnings in the early 1960s, has attracted great interest and comment.
Every household in Shannon received a questionnaire with their last Social Diary,
and people are invited to drop off completed copies at the library or Leisure Centre.
The questionnaire is aimed at gathering information about what Shannon residents
thought about coming to live in Ireland’s newest town.
The project is also looking for volunteers willing to have their stories and experiences
of living in Shannon recorded. These interviews is will be a valuable contribution
to the history of the town. Each will also be a permanent record for the family
as those taking part will get a personal copy of the recording – something for the
descendants when they come to research their family history.
The final intention is to have a book about Shannon based on these memories, and
in the meantime there’s an interactive website and other ways that people of all
ages can engage with the project. We’ve already had support from today’s teenagers.’
Further information can be obtained by calling 0857107581.
Dúchas na Sionna wishes to acknowledge the support of Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Memories
of Clare) in providing recording equipment and encouragement for the Shannon Social
Thanks to Shannon Airport for images in gallery below