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Shannon Group to hand over tourist attractions to local councils


Popular tourist attractions such as Bunratty Castle and King John Castle are expected to be transferred from the Shannon Group to County Clare Council and City and County Limerick Council.

Along with the operation of Shannon Airport, the Shannon Group operates a heritage division which includes Bunratty and King John’s Castle as well as a retail unit at the Cliffs of Moher. It also manages visitor experiences in Dublin, such as the GPO Witness History Museum and Malahide Castle and Gardens.

A spokesperson for the Shannon group confirmed to the Irish Examiner he’s in talks with the two Midwestern councils about taking over attractions in their counties, allowing the group to focus on flight operations and rebuilding international travelers.

It is expected that the operation of the attractions will be transferred to both boards by the end of the year.

“There is engagement with employees and those directly affected by these changes. The labor rights of all of its 200 employees will not change and will be fully protected,” said a spokesperson for the Shannon Group.

Similar discussions will take place with other local authorities and An Post with the intention of concluding smooth operating contracts.

“The agreement will allow Shannon Group to focus our energies on catering to airport passenger numbers, thereby supporting local economic activity, attracting tourists and allowing foreign and indigenous businesses to invest in the region. “

“Today’s announcement will ensure that heritage sites are managed by local authorities where there are synergies that can be further developed in accordance with their well-established tourism development strategies,” the spokesperson said.


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