The motivating factor for O’Regan’s
desire to develop the airport was the constant threat that
Shannon would be over-flown. It was essential to create reasons
for the planes to keep landing there. In 1950, he set about
implementing the ideas he first suggested in the Marshall
Aid trip report.
Brendan O’Regan had already
imbued his staff with pride in their work and the sense that
“we are Irish, we are different”, thus creating
a culture centred around maintaining high standards of service.
He sought ideas from his staff believing that everyone has
the capacity to be creative. It was no accident therefore
that Chef Joe Sheridan created Irish coffee in this environment,
and no surprise that O’Regan had the staff welcome passengers
with the beverage upon