NATO Warships in Irish Ports

  • Posted on: 7 October 2021
  • By: shannonwatch


Last Sunday 3rd Oct we had two Dutch NATO warships visiting Irish neutral ports.

Jehan Ashmore wrote in AFLOAT:

"The Royal Netherlands Navy's largest ship HNMLS Karel Doorman, displacing 27,800 tonnes, arrived in Cork Harbour this afternoon to berth at Cobh, having sailed from Greenock, Scotland."

Petition Calling for End to US Military use of Shannon

  • Posted on: 11 September 2021
  • By: shannonwatch

We've teamed up with Uplift to petition an Taoiseach Micheál Martin and teh Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney to Stop U.S. Military use of Shannon Airport.

The message is simple: stop granting permission for US military and military contracted aircraft, including troop carriers, to land in Shannon Airport.


Please help us gather as many signatures as possible. Share the link: its

The Costs of US War in Afghanistan

  • Posted on: 6 September 2021
  • By: shannonwatch
Image source: Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (Creative Commons license)

As the crow flies, Shannon Airport is over 6,000 km from Afghanistan A lot of people have flown between the two places over the last 20 years though, with many probably not knowing why they were going there or what they would be doing when they got there. But they all had guns, so one of the few things they knew that they could do was kill people.

For the entire illegal, ill-fated and damaging occupation of Afghanistan by the US and its allies, Shannon Airport has facilitated the steady flow of armed invaders to the country.

As Afghanistan returns to Taliban control after 20 years of US occupation, it’s worth looking at some of the costs of that occupation. And it’s also worth bearing in mind that Ireland provided logistical support for what has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster for the people of Afghanistan, a staggering waste of money that could have been spent on counteracting poverty and hunger globally, and a bonanza for the arms industry. 

Ireland must Look at its Role in Creating the Current Crisis in Afghanistan

  • Posted on: 19 August 2021
  • By: admin

Shannonwatch welcomes calls for Ireland to do more to resettle and provide international protection for people fleeing from Afghanistan. It also calls on the government to urgently assess its role in creating the conditions leading to the current catastrophic situation there. In particular, there is an urgent need to assess and end the use of Shannon Airport by the US military, in light of what the twenty-year occupation of Afghanistan has led to.

“Ireland has been complicit in the US led twenty-year war against Afghanistan by not only allowing US military to use Shannon Airport but by inviting the US Government to do so” said Shannonwatch spokesperson Edward Horgan. “Even if we had never been a neutral country we should not allow any military forces to use Irish territory to wage illegal and unjustified wars. The US military use of Shannon should be ended immediately as the USA is still engaged in unjustified military actions in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere.”

Strategic Airlift Cargo Planes Fly from Afghanistan to the US via Shannon

  • Posted on: 8 August 2021
  • By: shannonwatch


In recent weeks some of the world's largest cargo planes have flown from Afghanistan to the US via Shannon. Three Antonov AN-124's, with serial numbers UR-82029, UR-82008 and UR-82007 were almost certainly carrying heavy loads of military equipment, being brought home as the US abandon the Afghan people to the Taliban. Some of them even stayed overnight at Shannon before flying on to Orlando, Florida.

Join the Raging Grannies at the Department of Transport

  • Posted on: 3 July 2021
  • By: shannonwatch

Our friends the Raging Grannies invite everyone who feels as they do (rage, humiliation and emotional abuse) to confront Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, who is allowing young American soldiers to travel through Shannon Airport to fight in wars they know nothing about.

On Wednesday the 7th of July from 12 noon, they will be at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, DO2 TR60 to do that. Join them if you can for as little or as long as you want. 

Raging Grannies Say its Time to Confront Eamon Ryan

  • Posted on: 3 July 2021
  • By: shannonwatch

On Wednesday July 7th Ireland’s Raging Grannies will gather outside the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to demand that the Minister, Eamon Ryan, stop authorising the daily transit of weapons through Shannon Airport by the US military. They are asking the public to join their colourful protest at the department in Leeson St, Dublin from 12 noon onwards.

The Raging Grannies also plan to make themselves heard at the Department of Foreign Affairs which is authorising the use of Shannon by other US military planes.

Minister Coveney, Shannon IS a Stopover for Arms Going to Theatres of War

  • Posted on: 1 July 2021
  • By: shannonwatch

Omni Air N234AX US troop carrier arrived at Shannon on Tuesday night (June 29th) at 11pm for refuelling, coming from Al Udeid air base in Qatar and Kuwait in the previous few days. It took off again at 2am on Wednesday morning on its way to Biggs air base in El Paso Texas via Baltimore Washington.


Photo taken at Shannon on a previous refueling stop last year.

Shannon and Ireland Involvement in US Africa Command Military Exercises

  • Posted on: 20 June 2021
  • By: shannonwatch


You may have seen that on June 7th the U.S. Africa Command began a huge military exercise with NATO which it calls "African Lion 21" . It is described as a multi-domain, multi-component, and multi-national exercise which employ "a full array of mission capabilities with the goal to strengthen interoperability among partner nations and enhance the ability to operate in the African theater of operations". Most of the activities are spread across Morocco, but some are also occurring in Senegal and Tunisia.

African Lion concluded on June 18th. Over 7,000 troops are reported to have taken part.

It looks like Ireland was also taking part. We tracked an Omni Air troop carrier N819AX that made two trips from army bases in the U.S. to Morocco and back, all through Shannon, in the last 2 days, presumably bringing participating troops back from these military exercises.