New Irish Air Corps Exhibition Hall a terrific addition to Shannon Aviation Museum

Shannon Chamber extends its congratulations to Jane Magill and the team at the Shannon Aviation Museum on the recent opening of the Irish Air Corp Exhibition Hall at this incredibly impressive facility in Shannon.

Thanks must also go to national and local government and their respective agencies and to private enterprise in Shannon, most particularly Ei Electronics, for the financial support which has enabled the delivery of this latest addition to the museum which provides a unique offering in Shannon and has a direct association with Shannon’s rich history of aviation.

The new exhibition hall was officially opened by Irish Air Corps General Officer Commanding and Director of Military Aviation, Brigadier General Rory O’Connor. On prominent display within the exhibition hall is the Sliver Swallows Air Corps Fouga Magister F216 and the R210 Reims Rocket Cessna 172, and a striking photographic display by 105 Airborne Photo Imaging Sqn, along with a range of uniforms, memorabilia, and models. The completion of this permanent exhibition coincides with this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Air Corps.

Commenting on this new display area, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said it truly preserves Ireland’s aviation heritage, provides an experiential visitor attraction, and compliments the great work being done at and through the museum as an aviation education centre.

“The late Eddie Ryan would have been so proud to see the great strides that continue to be made to firmly position the Shannon Aviation Museum as an exceptional and educational tourism product. The museum will engage those who have a passing or enthusiastic interest in aviation. It will set the seeds in young people’s mind for looking towards aviation in all its forms as a career. We wish the team well as they continue to build on what has become a very solid aviation product offering in Shannon,” added Ms Downes.

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Shannon Chamber is affiliated to Chambers Ireland, the voice of business throughout Ireland, with 40 member chambers across every major city, town and region of the island. Aligning its strategic priorities with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Shannon Chamber has over 320 member companies and a link to their 15,000 employees. The Chamber’s aim is to make Shannon and the region a better to live, work and do business.