Exhibition Inspired By Shannon Airport’s History Goes On Display

By Dave Simpson
Exhibition Inspired By Shannon Airport’s History Goes On Display

An exhibition of paintings that were inspired by Shannon’s aviation history and biodiversity has gone on display at Shannon Airport.


According to a statement published on ShannonAirport.ie, the ‘Rineanna/Shannon, Time Past’ exhibition is by Clare-based artist Philip Brennan, and will be on display for six weeks in Shannon Airport’s transit lounge.


The statement published on ShannonAirport.ie quoted Brennan as saying, “I have been working on this project since 2018, and am finally delighted to have it completed and on display in the very place it was inspired by.

“Since 1974, I have spent a great amount of time in the environs of the airport and have lived nearby since then. In that time, I’ve done a lot of observation of the bird life at the estuary and the airport lagoon. In the mid-eighties, I was taken on as the airport ornithologist, to advise on bird hazard issues, as well as being involved in the relocation of wildlife found on the airport grounds.

“The spur to start this collection came from old photos that featured all sorts of activities since those early days at the airport, from the building of ‘the Base’, as it was called locally, to the sowing and harvesting of grain crops.


“All of these things have contributed invaluable material for this project. Of course, it is an enormous topic, and this show just scratches the surface. However, it is a start.”

The statement published on ShannonAirport.ie also quoted Shannon Airport Group CEO Mary Considine as saying, “Given his work over the past 35 years as our airport ornithologist, and his love of the airport and its wildlife, it is so fitting to host these wonderful works from Philip’s collection here at Shannon Airport. This is a unique opportunity to engage the public in local art, while visually communicating that rich history of aviation, innovation and biodiversity that all forms part of Shannon’s story.

“We are extremely proud to house this collection over the next six weeks, and would encourage passengers to take the time to relax and enjoy these very poignant works of art.”

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