Tipperary man on SAA Board

The Chairman and management of Shannon Airport Authority have welcomed the appointment of four new members to the board of the SAA. The new appointees are US based public policy consultant and transport expert Kathryn O’Leary Higgins, Managing Director of Clare FM and Tipp FM radio stations Liam O’Shea and Shannon Airport worker-directors Joe Buckley (Cargo & Technical Traffic Development Manager) and Kevin McCarthy (Airport Police and Fire Officer).

The Chairman and management of Shannon Airport Authority have welcomed the appointment of four new members to the board of the SAA. The new appointees are US based public policy consultant and transport expert Kathryn O’Leary Higgins, Managing Director of Clare FM and Tipp FM radio stations Liam O’Shea and Shannon Airport worker-directors Joe Buckley (Cargo & Technical Traffic Development Manager) and Kevin McCarthy (Airport Police and Fire Officer).

The four new directors join existing board members Chairman Rose Hynes, Airport Director Mary Considine and Pat Dalton, Chief Financial Officer of One51.

Ms Hynes said: “I welcome these board appointments. The new directors provide us with the type of expertise and experience that is required to deliver the strategic vision for the airport, which is around achieving significant passenger growth and the development of the International Aviation Services Centre at Shannon over the next five years.

“I look forward to working with the new board members at this exciting and challenging time for Shannon Airport. “

Mary Considine, Airport Director said: “I also welcome the appointment of the new directors. We are actively pursuing a range of opportunities at present and have started on a positive note with the commencement of a range of new services over the coming months to attractive destinations such as Faro in Portugal, Philadelphia, Chicago and Glasgow, and return of seasonal services to the likes of New York and Boston.”

Liam O’ Shea, from Cloughjordan, is current Managing Director of both Clare FM and Tipp FM and former Chairman of Clare FM. He joined Clare FM in 1998, quickly turning it from a loss-making to commercially successful and multi award winning station. Under his guidance the station has won numerous prestigious Radio Awards.

His appointment as dual MD of Tipp and Clare FM took place in 2012 when he initiated a unique alliance between the stations which has seen them share resources, therefore achieving significant and critical cost savings at a time of considerable contraction in the industry. This is a model that is now being looked at by other companies, both broadcast and otherwise, with a view to reducing operating costs.

Liam is also Chairman, and a Director, of Spin South West, the number one youth Radio Station for the South West. Spin South West has, in a few short years, become the most listened to radio stations by the youth of Limerick, Kerry, Clare, North Tipperary, and South Laois. Liam O’ Shea is one of the founding members, and a former Director, of Newstalk radio station, one of the most popular ‘talk’ stations in the country.

Liam spent twelve years in the Middle East where he was Sound Director for Saudi Arabia’s Channel 3 Radio and Television Station, based in Dhahran. He was very much part of the world media coverage of the Gulf War in 1990/91 working with CNN and several other media outlets. He travelled extensively in his work through the Far East, Australia, Europe and the US during his time in the Middle East.

Prior to going to the Middle East, he was employed by RTE, from 1972 to 1986, working across all areas of the business. During those years he was very much part of the pioneering days of Raidió na Gaeltachta, based in Casla in Connemara, where he spent four years. Well known in GAA circles, Liam played Minor and Senior hurling for Tipperary and, at club level, for Thurles Sarsfields and for Kilruane MacDonaghs, his home club, whom he captained to their three in a row County Senior Hurling Championships. He was part of the management team when they captured the All Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship in 1985/86.

Liam is a Communications graduate of Kevin St., College of Technology in Dublin. He is a Full Member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and a Full Member of the Institute of Professional Sound in the UK.