Nationwide to feature Dr Brendan O’Regan

Nationwide to feature Dr Brendan O’Regan


Photo: Sean Curtin

The astounding life and legacy of Dr Brendan O’Regan is being recognised by RTÉ’s Nationwide tonight (Wednesday) in a half hour special devoted to him.

Presented by Mary Kennedy, the programme includes interviews with Dr O’Regan’s daughter Carmel and staff from Shannon Group companies who helped to bring Brendan’s story to life for viewers. Among those interviewed were; Andrew Murphy from Shannon Airport, Ray O’Driscoll from Shannon Commercial Properties, John Ruddle and Pauline Lenihan from Shannon Heritage and retired Shannon Heritage CEO, Cian O’Carroll and Rose Hynes from Shannon Group.

Speaking ahead of the airing of the programme, Rose Hynes, Chairman, Shannon Group plc said: “Dr Brendan O’Regan was one of the most fascinating and influential people of our time. A renaissance man, a pioneer of regional development, charismatic and charming – who brought a passion and determination to every task he undertook.

“Shannon Group which comprises – Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties including Shannon Free Zone and Shannon Heritage – are direct descendants of Brendan’s business legacy.  He was a visionary and ahead of his time, much of the ground-breaking initiatives he began in the 1960’s are still flourishing today.

“We take pride in honouring him his life, his work and his tremendous legacy, particularly in this special year. We commemorated the man and the legend with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture at Shannon Airport on May 15th, the 100th anniversary of his birth in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare.”

Tune into RTE One television at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27th September or catch-up on the RTE player.

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.