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Introducing Shannon

Shannon, Ireland’s second-largest airport, used to be a vital fuelling stop on the transatlantic air route for piston-engine planes without enough range to make it across the Atlantic to the European mainland. Today Shannon (Sionainn) is a low-stress gateway to the region.

About 3km from the airport, Shannon town, built to serve airport workers, has the feel of one of those old planned Soviet industrial cities – albeit with more reliable hot water. Don’t linger.

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