National Project Awards 2019 – Pictured at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s National Project Awards are; (l to r) Chapter President Pat Lucey, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director at Shannon Airport, Graham Doyle, Secretary-General of the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport, PwC Portfolio and Programme Management Leader, Féilim Harvey, Siobhan O’Donnell, Head of External Communications at DAA with Ireland’s Jubilee Project
Shannon Airport’s pivotal role in the development of Ireland recognised at National Project Awards
The impact of aviation, with Shannon Airport’s pivotal role, in the development of Ireland has been recognized in a major award at the National Project Awards ahead of projects such as the state motorway program and even the introduction of the Smoking Ban.
The development of Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports has been recognised as the most influential project undertaken in Ireland over the past 50 years by the Irish Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) at the National Project Awards.
The ‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ project was announced as the winner of special PMI anniversary accolade at the Ireland Chapters’ annual National Project Awards at the Dublin offices of award sponsors PwC in Spencer Dock.
The ‘Expansion of Ireland’s International Airports’ was chosen by public vote from a stellar shortlist of eight from nearly 100 initially suggested projects. The shortlist included the Guinness Storehouse; Introduction of the Smoking Ban; Luas Light-rail System; Redevelopment of Croke Park; Regeneration of Dublin Docklands; State Motorway Programme; and The Wild Atlantic Way.
Welcoming the award, Shannon Group Chief Executive Mary Considine said: “We are very proud of the influence Shannon Airport has had and continues to have on Ireland’s economic success. Shannon is now and always was an innovator; it’s in our DNA, from the establishment of the world’s first Duty-Free shop in 1947, now grown into a multi-billion dollar global industry, to be the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to provide full US Preclearance facilities, making arrival in the US easier and faster. More recently we were also the first airport in Europe to establish an airport sensory room for our customers.
“This year we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the landing of the first passenger aircraft, and as a central core of Shannon Group, the airport continues to be a driving force for economic growth in the West of Ireland. It does this through the delivery of global air connectivity to enhance the region attractiveness as a location for FDI and indigenous companies and boosts the tourism industry by providing overseas visitors with gateway access to the Wild Atlantic Way.
“Shannon was the birthplace of aircraft leasing and today we are continuing to support Shannon’s aviation cluster through our International Aviation Services Centre (IASC). We are very proud and grateful for the honour bestowed on us by the Irish public, and of the role that Shannon Airport, through our dedicated employees past and present, has played in growing the Irish economy over the past 50 years.”
About Shannon Group plc
Shannon Group plc is a commercial semi-state company established on the 5th September 2014. The Group, which employs more than 600 people, operates and manages three companies; Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties and Shannon Heritage, and through its IASC brand promotes the growing aviation cluster at Shannon.
Shannon Airport provides world-wide air connectivity for its customers, offering direct services to destinations across Europe and North America. Shannon Commercial Properties manages one of the largest property portfolios in Ireland. It provides property solutions that enable Foreign Direct Investment and indigenous businesses to develop in the Mid-West and West regions.
Shannon Heritage is the largest commercial operator and developer of tourist attractions in Ireland. It manages a variety of world-leading immersive day visitor attractions and evening entertainment events in Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. Through theInternational Aviation Services Centre (IASC), the Group also supports the development of a cluster of over 80 aviation companies based in the Shannon Free Zone.
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