Former Irish international athlete Niall O’Callaghan is taking up the reins as Managing Director of Shannon Heritage this week, joining Ireland’s largest operator of visitor attractions following a successful period as Regional Manager for the Mid-West at IDA Ireland.
It’ll be a challenging new role for Mr O’Callaghan, with the most recent figures for Shannon Heritage – which operates attractions in the Midwest and Dublin – showing that losses doubled last year to over €400,000 in spite of visitor numbers to Shannon Heritage sites climbing to over 900,000.
Mr O’Callaghan said he has clear goals for the group. “I’m delighted to be afforded this wonderful opportunity to work on such a broad range of products across the Shannon Heritage portfolio, which stretches across the country from the Wild Atlantic Way to Dublin.
“My aim is to improve the already exemplary customer experience across all Shannon Heritage sites while safeguarding our responsibilities to our trustees. As operators of some of Ireland’s leading visitor attractions, we are in an enviable position where we have the power to positively affect the overall experience of visitors to this country.”
Shannon Heritage operates seven day visitor experiences and four evening entertainments across Ireland, including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, with its medieval banquets, King John’s Castle in Limerick, as well as Dublin’s GPO Witness History and Malahide Castle.