Brendan O'Regan

Dr. Brendan O'Regan
Brendan O'Regan CBE (1917–2008) was an Irish businessman responsible for developing Shannon Airport, inventing the concept of the duty-free shop and transforming the Shannon region of Ireland.wikipedia
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Duty-free shop

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Brendan O'Regan CBE (1917–2008) was an Irish businessman responsible for developing Shannon Airport, inventing the concept of the duty-free shop and transforming the Shannon region of Ireland.
Brendan O'Regan established the world's first duty-free shop at Shannon Airport in Ireland in 1947; it remains in operation today.

Shannon Airport

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Brendan O'Regan CBE (1917–2008) was an Irish businessman responsible for developing Shannon Airport, inventing the concept of the duty-free shop and transforming the Shannon region of Ireland.
In 1947, the "Customs Free Airport Act" established Shannon as the world's first duty-free airport, a move promoted by Brendan O'Regan; although "duty-free" shopping is not applicable any more for flights within the European Union, EU-bound passengers can still buy goods, but have to pay the normal taxes.

Shannon, County Clare

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The success of the airport and industrial zone led to the development, spearheaded by O'Regan, of Shannon Town, the first new town in Ireland in over two centuries.
Spearheaded by Brendan O'Regan, it was built in the 1960s on reclaimed marshland alongside Shannon Airport, along with the Shannon Free Zone industrial estate.

Shannon Development

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In 1961, he was the key driver in the establishment of Ireland's only regional development agency, Shannon Free Airport Development Company.
Its key founder was Brendan O'Regan.

Shannon College of Hotel Management

In 1951 he established the Shannon College of Hotel Management.
The College was founded in 1951 by Dr. Brendan O'Regan and is based in Shannon Airport, County Clare.

Co-operation Ireland

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In 1978, O'Regan founded Co-Operation North (now Co-operation Ireland), a non-denominational and non-party organisation aimed at fostering co-operation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The organisation was originally named Co-operation North, and was founded in 1979 by Irish businessman Brendan O'Regan.

Blackrock College

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Born in Sixmilebridge, County Clare in 1917, O'Regan attended Blackrock College.
Many prominent businessmen have also attended the school such as David J. O'Reilly, chairman and former CEO of Chevron Corporation, and Dr. Brendan O'Regan CBE, founder of Shannon Airport and proponent of the Irish peace and reconciliation process.

Foynes

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In 1943, he was appointed as Catering Comptroller at Foynes flying boat base, which was a refuelling point for transatlantic seaplanes between Britain and the United States.
Brendan O'Regan was Catering Comptroller between 1943-1945 and after had the same position at Shannon Airport where in established the world's first duty-free shop amongst his innovations.

Irish Peace Institute

In 1984, he established the Irish Peace Institute to promote peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.
The Irish Peace Institute (IPI) was established in 1984 by Dr. Brendan O'Regan.

Ennistymon House

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He studied hotel management in Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK as his family had interests in hotels (the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon).
In the 1940s, the hotel was run by Brendan O'Regan, who later was instrumental in the development of Shannon Airport.

Shannon Free Zone

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He developed the Shannon Free Zone, a model for similar zones established throughout the world.
Brendan O'Regan, the director of Shannon Airport submitted a proposal for a special manufacturing zone with special tax incentives to be created in the vicinity of the airport.

Newmarket-on-Fergus

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Several initiatives have been named after him including the O'Regan Park, a sporting and recreational facility in Newmarket-on-Fergus, and three restaurants, one at the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, another at Shannon Airport and the third at the Old Ground Hotel.
Newmarket-on-Fergus houses the O'Regan Park, established on a site of about 6 hectares bought and donated by Brendan O'Regan.

Northern Ireland

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He was deeply involved in promoting peace in Northern Ireland and co-operation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Republic of Ireland

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He was deeply involved in promoting peace in Northern Ireland and co-operation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Mary McAleese

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In a tribute to him, President Mary McAleese said that O'Regan was "a true visionary" and "leaves a legacy that permeates throughout all levels of economic, social and cultural life in Ireland."

Sixmilebridge

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Born in Sixmilebridge, County Clare in 1917, O'Regan attended Blackrock College.

County Clare

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Born in Sixmilebridge, County Clare in 1917, O'Regan attended Blackrock College.

Switzerland

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He studied hotel management in Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK as his family had interests in hotels (the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon).

Ennis

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He studied hotel management in Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK as his family had interests in hotels (the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon).

Ennistymon

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He studied hotel management in Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK as his family had interests in hotels (the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis and the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon).

Fáilte Ireland

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He was Chairman of Bórd Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board from 1957 to 1973.

Marshall Plan

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After a visit to the United States under the Marshall Aid Plan, he drafted a report that became the blueprint for a vision of Shannon revolving around tourism, air freight and industry.

Bunratty Castle

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He was responsible for initiatives such as turning Bunratty Castle into a tourist attraction with the co-operation of its owner Lord Gort, the model for similar initiatives at Knappogue Castle and Dunguaire Castle.

Standish Vereker, 7th Viscount Gort

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He was responsible for initiatives such as turning Bunratty Castle into a tourist attraction with the co-operation of its owner Lord Gort, the model for similar initiatives at Knappogue Castle and Dunguaire Castle.

Knappogue Castle

He was responsible for initiatives such as turning Bunratty Castle into a tourist attraction with the co-operation of its owner Lord Gort, the model for similar initiatives at Knappogue Castle and Dunguaire Castle.