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Kilkee Civic Trust Summer Talks
24th July 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Topic: Here Come the Yanks!
Speaker: Brian O’ Connell & Cian O’ Carroll
Talk Description: Cian O’Carroll will deliver a summary of O’Regan’s life, illustrated by photographs showing his involvement in a wide range of activities.
Brian O’Connell’s talk will deal with O’ Regan’s unique contribution to the development of an international tourist trade in Ireland; beyond visitors from Britain. It will cover O’ Regan’s unique role in conceiving and creating an industry that today employs hundreds of thousands of Irish people in their home country and the countless obstacles he overcame in realising that vision.
Brian O’ Connell & Cian O’ Carroll’s book “Brendan O’ Regan” will be available for purchase on the night of the Talk.
About the Speaker : Dublin born Cian O’Carroll was hired by Brendan O’Regan as Estates Manager of Shannon Development in 1960 and oversaw the establishment of Shannon Town. He subsequently became the first CEO of Shannon Heritage. In retirement, Cian established an international consultancy on Heritage Tourism. In collaboration with Brian O’Connell, he played a leading role in creating the Brendan O’Regan Archive; a series of interviews with O’Regan in his final years.
Brian O’Connell first encountered O’Regan when setting up a business in Foynes Harbour more than 40 years ago. He later served for ten years on the board of Shannon Development and for most of that time as Chairman of Shannon Heritage. As well as his biography of Brendan O’Regan, Brian has authored biographies of antiquarian and benefactor John Hunt and Tipperary man, Sir William Parker Carroll.