Kilkee Civic Trust Talks – Here Come the Yanks < Back
Location: Culturlann Sweeney Theatre
Address: O Connell St
Town: Culturlann Sweeney Theatre
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Speakers: Brian O’Connell & Cian O’Carroll
Talk Title: Here Come The Yanks!
- Brendan O’Regan’s role in attracting international tourists to Ireland, 1943-1973
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 Speakers:
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 Tipperaryman, Sir William Parker Carroll.
Entry to all KCT Talks is Free of Charge
All of our speakers give of their time and energy on a pro-bono basis.
The appreciation of the audience & KCT is expressed by way of presenting each speaker with a Book Token, or similar, at the end of each Talk.
A Donations Box is provided at all Talks to assist us in defraying necessary expenses.