IAG boss Walsh to address Shannon chamber lunch

IAG boss Walsh to address Shannon chamber lunch


IAG CEO Willie Walsh – Photo: Stuart Bailey

One of the most influential figures in world aviation today, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) will visit Shannon on Friday, 24 November to give the keynote address at Shannon Chamber’s President’s lunch in Dromoland Castle Hotel.

The event is being supported by GECAS in recognition of its 50th year legacy in aviation finance.

Making the announcement in Shannon today, Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes said: “We are delighted, after much perseverance, to have secured the head of one of the leading airlines in the world, parent company of Aer Lingus and British Airways, plus Iberia and Vueling, to address our annual luncheon in Dromoland Castle Hotel.

“It is most appropriate, given the concentration of aviation companies in Shannon, and the fact that AIG’s strategies and ambitions are particularly relevant to Shannon, that he has chosen to visit us at this time. This is an event which has been most welcomed by our members and we are looking forward to hearing Mr Walsh’s views on future developments and trends in international aviation which will have a significant bearing on the prosperity of Shannon Airport, the surrounding region and whole West of Ireland in the years ahead.


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.