Shannon Airport

Listen to the history of Shannon Airport

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You have a week – till Saturday, April 26 – to log onto the BBC website and listen to this hour-long documentary about the history of Ireland’s Shannon Airport .

Shannon Airport was the first airport in the world to have a duty free shop and the bar there claims to have invented the now-iconic Irish Coffee drink. And, as the accompanying photo gallery shows, the airport has had its share of celebrity visitors, including Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Fidel Castro and Gene Kelly.

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Gene Kelly shopping in the Shannon Airport duty free shop; courtesy Shannon Airport Authority.