O’Regan's Home Show

Clare People, Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

An exhibition celebrating the life of one of Ireland’s most noted peace ambassadors and industrial innovators is set for a nostalgic homecoming to his east Clare birthplace of Sixmilebridge.

Empowering the People: The Career and Achievements of Dr. Brendan O’Regan, moves to Sixmilebridge Library from the Sean Lemass Library in Shannon where it has been on view for the past month.

The exhibition, which runs throughout September and has been approved by Dr. O’Regan, honours his many achievements and features text panels and photographic displays on his distinguished career.

These include the setting up of the world’s first Duty Free Shop at Shannon; the establishment of the Shannon Development Company and the founding of Co-operation Ireland - the largest organisation working in the area of peace and reconciliation in the island of Ireland. The 90-year-old is also recognised as the driving force behind the opening up of the Shannon area to tourism.

Commenting on the exhibition, Clare Museum Curator John Rattigan said that since its launch by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in early February, it has attracted huge numbers.

“Dr O’Regan’s involvement in a vast number of different projects in Clare, the mid-west region and beyond is a source of pride for people all over Ireland and I am sure his legacy will stand the test of time. I am especially delighted that the exhibition has now been placed on public display in Sixmilebridge, Dr O’Regan’s native village,” he said.

Speaking about the exhibition, Dr O’Regan said, “I am particularly proud to be a Clareman and to have been involved with the county and its people through Shannon and Bord Failte, now Failte Ireland, during the course of my career.”

“I am acutely aware that this exhibition not only acknowledges my role but the role of all men and women who worked with great determination to ensure the success of Shannon Airport and its contribution to the life of Clare. Without their enthusiastic support, much of what has achieved would not have happened and I owe them a debt of gratitude.”

Empowering the people: The Career and Achievements of Dr Brendan O’Regan will remain on display at Sixmilebridge Library until the end of September 2007.

A digital version of the text panels on display can be viewed on the Clare Library website at www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/projects/community.htm

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