US Vice-President in Shannon stopover

US Vice-President in Shannon stopover


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

US Vice President Mike Pence made a brief stopover at Shannon Airport last evening.

Mr Pence’s Special Air Mission (SAM) aircraft made a refuelling stop at the midwest airport en route back to the US from Eastern Europe where he first visited Estonia before travelling on to Georgia and Montenegro.

While the assigned radio callsign for the aircraft carrying the US Vice-President is Air Force Two, Mr Pence’s flight arrived and departed Shannon under the callsign SAM-719.

The C-32A, a variant of the Boeing 757 jet, arrived shortly after 7.00pm and remained on the ground for almost two hours.

While the jet was being refuelled, Mr Pence and his wife are understood to have visited the Duty Free shops at the airport. Afterwards, Mr Pence’s flight continued to the US.

Pence has strong Clare connections and is the great-grandchild of James Maloney and Mary Anne Downes who emigrated from Doonbeg in the 1890s.

In August 2013 Mr Pence along with his wife Karen and children paid their most recent visit to the Banner County and stayed in Doonbeg.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.