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The Town.
The Airport.
The Iindustrial Estate.
The People.


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 Hill.


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

The Town