About Us

Learn more about the Thomas F Meagher Foundation

Shannon Heritage

Shannon Heritage

Supplement Partner

Shannon Heritage is one of Ireland’s largest visitor experience operators, including 7 day visitor attractions and 4 evening entertainment programmes in Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. GPO Witness History, where the first-ever exhibition of the Irish Flag is housed, is included among these attractions. 

Shannon Heritage was one of the first companies in Ireland to develop and run heritage attractions and evening entertainments.  The Shannon Heritage portfolio has grown over the years and began in 1963 with the operation of its first medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare. The idea of medieval banquets came about as a result of the need to give transatlantic passengers a reason to get off aircraft at Shannon Airport and tour the local area.

The major success of this attraction led to the rapid expansion of our visitor portfolio. Today, over 300 people are employed by Shannon Heritage in the peak tourist season.

Shannon Heritage Attractions

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Co Clare
  • King John’s Castle, Limerick City
  • Craggaunowen – The Living Past Experience, Co Clare
  • Knappogue - Co Clare
  • Dunguaire Castle, Co Galway
  • GPO Witness History, Dublin City
  • Malahide Castle and Gardens, Dublin
  • Newbridge House and Farm, County Dublin

The company’s operations contribute an estimated €20 million annually in spin-off revenue, benefiting a range of local businesses across many sectors including the accommodation and tourism services sectors.

www.shannonheritage.com

 

Our Aims and Objectives

THE THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2013 TO PROMOTE PRIDE IN AND RESPECT FOR THE IRISH FLAG AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS SYMBOLISM AND MEANING FOR PEACE, IN PARTICULAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNICITY, CREED OR GENDER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF IRELAND, INCLUDING THOSE WHO CONSTITUTE THE ‘NEW IRISH’, ARE MADE AWARE OF THE FLAG’S MESSAGE, AND ARE FULLY INCLUDED IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT A REALITY BY MAKING A SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION AS ACTIVE CITIZENS. EACH YEAR, WE SEND OUT A FUNDRAISING PACK TO EACH OF OUR REGISTERED SCHOOLS, WHICH INCLUDE FLAG LAPEL PINS FOR THE STUDENTS TO SELL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A CHARITY OR PROJECT OF THEIR CHOICE. WE ALSO PROVIDE SCHOOLS WITH PLANS FOR HOW TO CELEBRATE FLAG DAY, AND FLAGS FLOWN FROM 33 THE MALL. 

Aims and Objectives