Women’s peace group march at Shannon Airport

Women’s peace group march at Shannon Airport


Margaretta D’Arcy (centre) at the peace camp in Shannon this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A group of anti-war protestors marched on Shannon Airport early this morning to show their opposition to the US military’s use of the airport.

The march was led by 82-year-old peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy who was previously jailed for making an illegal incursion onto the runway at Shannon in 2012.

Shortly before 7.00am today, Ms D’Arcy led the group of about 15 women on the 2 kilometre walk to the main airport building. The women had been taking part in a 25-hour peace vigil at a camp at Drumgeely close to the airport.

The 25-hour event was organised by Shannon Airport Women’s Peace Camp to mark Nollaig na mBan.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A spokeswoman said: “We gathered to draw attention to the use of Shannon airport as a military base and to demonstrate the revulsion at state sponsored violence and facilitation of the us military.”

When the group reached the security checkpoint at the entrance to the airport, they were advised they could march to the terminal but would not be allowed inside.

On reaching the airport building, the women sat and sang peace songs before dispersing again at around 9.00am and returning to their camp.

Some members of ShannonWatch, a group that monitors US military used of Shannon Airport, also attended and supported the event.



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.