60 seconds with Shannon Heritage MD Niall O’Callaghan


60 seconds with Shannon Heritage MD Niall O’Callaghan


Niall O’Callaghan has taken up the role as MD of Shannon Heritage with a passion for improving the customer experience across all 7 Shannon Heritage sites, whilst fulfilling a civic responsibly to maintain Ireland’s rich heritage. Niall comes with vast public and private sector experience, formerly a Regional Manager at IDA Ireland, and Commercial Business Operations Manager at Unilever Ireland. Niall is a graduate of UL, and a postgraduate of UCC with a Master’s in Marketing and is a keen sportsman having represented Ireland in athletics.


Favourite Wild Atlantic Way destination – 25 words

Dungaire Castle, Kinvara, Co. Galway. A picturesque location at the shores of Galway Bay, the castle interior is immaculately restored. The castle is set against a stunning backdrop making it the most photographed castle in Ireland!

What do you love most about the Wild Atlantic Way- 25 words approx.

Its rugged, unspoilt natural beauty. Dotted with fantastic places to visit, eat at and explore that you cannot find anywhere in the world.


Favourite County and why? 25 words approx.

Hard and all as it is to say as a Limerick man, it has to be Clare! No other county has such a breadth of attractions from the Burren to Doolin, the Cliffs to Loop Head.


Your favourite get away from it all Pub & why?- 25 words approx.

Morrissey’s Pub in Carrigaholt. Best pint of Guinness on the Wild Atlantic Way, with a welcoming, lively and relaxed atmosphere.


Your favourite get away from it all restaurant & your favourite dish- 25 words approx.

It has to be VL Restaurant at Vaughan Lodge, Lahinch. Great location, great service and staff and the fresh Hake is second to none!


Biggest opportunity to drive Tourism on the WAW

For me, it has to be leveraging all the great tourist assets that Co. Clare has to offer by all stakeholders working together to build an unmissable value proposition. Taking advantage of the already €1.5M+ visitors to Clare each year, by encouraging them to stay overnight and extend their visits to the likes of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park – is sure to have a huge commercial impact for the local economy.