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
by. Shannon town began with the development of 137 flats and ten houses on Drumgeely
A central open area on the top of the hill included a Community Hall, Children’s
Play area and two Tennis Courts. The Hall, Play Area and Tennis Courts have since
disappeared. In the early days the Community Hall was the focal point of the community
and housed the school and a shop as well as providing a venue for recreational groups.
At one point it was even home to a local cinema.
The Drumgeely, Tullyglass and Tullyvarraga residential areas were added throughout
the 1960s and into the 70s and the town really came of age in 1972 with the opening
of the Shannon Town Centre.
Initially uncovered, the town centre was roofed in the 1980s and has been the focus
of recent enlargement and general refurbishment.
The town achieved town status in 1982 and in September 2004 responsibility for Shannon
Town was transferred from Shannon Development Company to Clare