Shannon Chamber Board and executive is saddened to hear of the passing of a founding director of the Chamber, and first acting CEO, Eddie Ryan.
Eddie’s association with aviation spanned a lifetime of over 70 years and it was fitting that he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Distinguished Service Award for this lifetime of dedication to aviation and inspiring many young people.
Remembering Eddie, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes says: “Without much help from anyone, Eddie established the Aviation Museum, and along with Jane Magill has since developed it into one of the few visitor attractions currently in Shannon.
“His dedication to Shannon was obvious. Eddie was instrumental in introducing the first full-time employee to hold a CEO position in the Chamber, a position that continues to be retained.
“Throughout my tenure as CEO, his interest in the Chamber continued and he was always curious as to how we were progressing and our wide range of initiatives. His presence will be sadly missed in Shannon but his legacy will live on.
“On behalf of the Board and executive, I extend our sympathies to his wife Philomena, daughters Marion, Geraldine and Fiona, and his son Finbar. May he Rest in Peace.”