Shannon is located in the south east corner of county Clare Ireland. It is home of Irelands 2nd largest airport to which the town lends it's name. Shannon is an access point for county Clare for those flying from the UK, Europe and USA.
When Shannon was newly built limitations of aircraft range meant refueling was necessary. Shannon became the most convenient and obvious stopping point before and after the trip across the Atlantic. In 1947 the Customs Free Airport Act established Shannon as the world's first Duty Free Airport, where transit and embarking passengers were exempt from normal customs procedures. Shannon became a model for other Duty Free facilities throughout the world. In the same year, the airport was finally completed and grew from strength to strength. In 2006 approximately 3.7 million passengers traveled through Shannon.
Shannon also serves as a good base for a visit to the west of Ireland offering tremendous diversity in its scenery and in the activity options available throughout the area. Limerick is merely 20 minutes drive away and all of Clare's tourist attractions reachable in less than one hours drive.
There is plenty to do while in Shannon with swimming golf and playgrounds available for daytime enjoyment. .For golfers Shannon makes a good base for visiting Clare with many of the counties finest courses less than an hour away and Limerick and Kerry's finest offerings within easy travelling distance.