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New appointments to the Board of Ireland West Airport Knock

Ireland West Airport Knock is pleased to announce that it has appointed three new directors to complement the current airport Board as it strives to ensure the future sustainability and growth of the airport. These new additions to the airport Board follow the appointment earlier last year of Joe Kennedy, KCSG to the position of Board Chairman, for a second term.

This follows one of the busiest years in its history with over 665,000 passengers using the airport facility, and the publication of the final report with Government on the Airport’s future following the changes in national aviation policy announced at the end of 2013. The Airport is looking forward to what will be its busiest year in its history with record passenger numbers expected of over 700,000 using the facility in 2014.

Brian O’Dwyer, Senior Partner at O’Dwyer & Bernstein LLP in New York, USA, Pat Gallagher, Manufacturing Director for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa at Baxter Healthcare Ltd, and John Molloy, Managing Director of Aircraft Consultancy and Equipment Sales Limited (ACES), were recently appointed and bring with them a combined wealth of international aviation, industry and business expertise, combined with many years of experience in managing and developing businesses on a global stage.  Their appointments  compliment the current  airport Board of Directors which is chaired by Joe Kennedy, KCSG (Chairman) and includes Dr. Michael Neary (Archbishop of Tuam), Fr Richard Gibbons (Parish Priest, Knock) Fergal Broder (LotusWorks, Sligo), Arthur French (French Estates, Leixlip), Martin Gillen (Allergan, Westport), Joe Gilmore (Managing Director), Peter Hynes (Mayo County Manager), Tim McDermott (Manchester Airport Group, UK) and Brian McEniff (McEniff Hotel Group, Donegal).


New Appointee Bio’s

Brian O’Dwyer is a native New Yorker and has spent virtually his entire legal career at O’Dwyer & Bernstein, LLP, a law firm founded by his late father, Paul, at which he is presently the firm's senior partner. Mr O’Dwyer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University in Spanish-American Literature and his Masters of Arts degree in Spanish-Language Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid.  He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University and his Masters in Law from The George Washington University. Brian has been a consummate advocate for immigrants’ rights, and founded the Emerald Isle Immigration Center which is the largest Irish immigrant center in the United States. His work in the political arena has concentrated largely on promoting Irish and Irish-American interests, and he was part of the delegation that accompanied President Clinton to Ireland on each of his three trips and served as an advisor to the White House on Irish issues including the peace process.  He was appointed by President Clinton as a Commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and was awarded the Director Citation for Exemplary Public Service by the White House Director of Personnel citing his work on the Commission.  In June 2011, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, appointed him as Commissioner of the United States National Commission for UNESCO. Brian has actively worked to advance Ireland’s cause in the United States. He has been recognized with numerous awards by Irish organizations; and in June of 2013 was awarded Dr. of Philosphy Honoris Causa by Dublin City University, in special recognition of his work in promoting Irish interests in the United States.  Brian is also chairman of the Irish Chamber of Commerce USA where he works to facilitate American investment in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Brian is married with two children.

Pat Gallagher has held various management positions both in Ireland and overseas, predominantly within the multinational manufacturing sector. Originally from Gurteen, Co Sligo and now based in Castlebar, Pat is a strong campaigner for better infrastructure in the West, North West and Midlands regions, and together with the other regional business leaders on the Board, including Fergal Broder, Arthur French and Martin Gillen, the Board is well served with experience in terms of international business expertise in diversified new business areas across a wide range of sectors. They were also key members of the recent Study Group process with Government that has secured commitment from Government to provide Exchequer support for the airport until 2023 through a multi-annual investment framework.

Based in Newcastle and a native of Kilmaine, Co Mayo. John Molloy commenced his career in banking initially. In 1996, John set up his own aircraft consultancy company, Aircraft Consultancy and Equipment Sales Limited (ACES) and represents a number of companies in aviation in getting introductions to airlines, leasing companies and financial institutions and completing transactions on their behalf. John also assisted in the establishment and set up of EirTrade Aviation Ltd at Ireland West Airport Knock which stores, manages and sells surplus aircraft equipment provided on consignment from aircraft leasing companies, and who have since acquired a number of aircraft for dismantling. Coupled with the current Board member, Tim McDermott’s 25 plus years experience in Manchester Airport’s Group and the aviation industry, they will both provide an important contribution to the business and in particular the Airport’s aviation sector development plans.

Finally the Board is further complimented and strengthened by the important contributions made at both a regional and national level by Archbishop Michael Neary (Archbishop of Tuam), Fr Richard Gibbons (Parish Priest, Knock), Peter Hynes (Mayo County Manager) and Brian McEniff (McEniff Hotel Group, Donegal) in the key areas of social, economic and tourism development in the catchment of the Airport.

Notes to editor:

Ireland West Airport Knock opened in May 1986 and is managed by Connaught Airport Development Company Ltd (CADCO). In 1991, a public trust was formed, the Horan International Airport Trust, and a Deed of Trust adopted by the shareholders to promote, foster and support the maintenance and sustainable operation of the airport for the benefit of the people of the West. To view the corporate structure see:

In December 2013, Ireland West Airport Knock welcomed the decision by Government to change the policy on Regional airports that will see exchequer support for Ireland West Airport Knock extended to 2023 which will allow the Airport to move forward and pursue a progressive growth strategy and implement a business plan which will enable the Airport to achieve a sustainable position in the longer term. Chaired by John O’Mahony TD, the group comprised of representatives from a range of local and national interests including the Airport Board and management, Government Departments, local business, State Agencies and Local Authorities, and were assisted by consultants Ernst & Young. To view the study group report visit: