BUSINESS ABROAD: The Cut-Rate Crock of Gold

"It is astonishing," said the Philosopher, "on what slender compulsion people will go to America."−James Stephens in The Crock of Gold

At Rineanna, a concrete isle amid County Clare's mud flats and emerald-green farms, the astonishing compulsion of people to travel to and from America keeps Irish cash registers dancing around the clock. Better known as Shannon (for the nearby river), Rineanna is the Times Square of transatlantic air travel, the crossroads where 12,000 aircraft and nearly half a million passengers each year swoop in for gasoline, food and rest.

Shannon's main 7,000-ft....

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