Visiting Shannon

What to see and do in Shannon, Ireland

Visit the newest town of Ireland - Shannon. Shannon is probably best known for its airport, and the surrounding area, such as the River Shannon. Shannon city itself is probably not a place on most people's list of places to visit. It is more a town for business than for tourism. However, this fact does mean that it has very good facilities - transport, shopping, hotels - and Shannon is a good place to be based in order to visit the surrounding area.

Shannon was built in the late 1960s on the reclaimed marshlands of the river and that is how the city got its name. Initially the town was built due to the need to accommodate the workers from the nearby Shannon airport and hence, the town includes a pretty large residential area with supporting services and surrounding industries. At the moment, the Shannon Free Zone is considered one of the largest regions of North American investments and in just sixty years of existence it managed to attract over one hundred overseas companies. If you are planning a short vacation in Europe that can result in a new business opportunity for you, Shannon is the place you should check out first. The main purpose of the town did not include many of the facilities you can find in industrial cities and the shopping areas were very poor in design as well. However, nowadays all that has changed and since the 1990s, the population has started to grow exponentially. Consequentially, so did the infrastructure, the facilities and the services you can find in Shannon. Today the town is taking a turn in a good direction and you can see new units opening every day.

Getting to Shannon

Shannon is in County Clare, west Ireland. As you would expect from a city with a major airport, it has good road links, and the N18 connects to Limerick to the east, or Ennis to the west.

Moving on from Shannon

As mentioned above, Limerick and Ennis are nearby, plus the pretty villages of Ballina and Killaloe, (not to confuse this Ballina to the one in County Mayo here) on either banks of the Shannon, or Kilrush on the far western coast.

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