Former Mid-west IDA Manager takes up Shannon Heritage role

Former Mid-west IDA Manager takes up Shannon Heritage role


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The former Regional Manager for the Mid-West at IDA Ireland has taken up a new post as Managing Director of Shannon Heritage.

Speaking before taking up his new position, Niall O’Callaghan outlined his goals for Shannon Heritage moving forward; “I’m delighted to be afforded this wonderful opportunity to work on such a broad range of products across the Shannon Heritage portfolio, which stretches across the country from the Wild Atlantic Way to Dublin. My aim is to improve the already exemplary customer experience across all Shannon Heritage sites while safeguarding our responsibilities to our trustees. As operators of some of Ireland’s leading visitor attractions, we are in an enviable position where we have the power to positively affect the overall experience of visitors to this country.”

Matthew Thomas, Shannon Group Chief Executive, said of the appointment; “We’re pleased to be able to recruit such a dynamic figurehead for Shannon Heritage. Niall has an impressive CV and we look forward to seeing him implement some fresh new ideas for the Shannon Heritage portfolio.”

Shannon Heritage operates 7 day visitor experiences and 4 evening entertainments across Ireland, including the world renowned Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, with its medieval banquets, King John’s Castle, GPO Witness History and Malahide Castle.

Limerick native and UL graduate O’Callaghan has also previously held senior account management roles at Unilever, the world’s largest consumer goods company, as well as being appointed the youngest board member of ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) Ireland and Limerick Institute of Technology’s Research, Enterprise and Development advisory board.

He has also served as a member of the Clare Economic Advisory Group and the Tipperary Economic Forum and as a former mentor with Enactus Ireland. Niall is a keen sportsman and a former Irish international athlete.

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.