Foynes Air Show soaring to new heights

Foynes Air Show soaring to new heights


The Breitling Wingwalkers in action over the Shannon Estuary – Photo: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

The ever popular Foynes Air Show is expected to soar to new heights this July following confirmation this week the show will be part of Aviation Ireland, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority.

As a result, for the first time ever the Foynes Air Show will join forces with the long established Bray Air Display in Wicklow, bringing more aircraft, thrills and visitors than ever before to Foynes on Saturday July 22, 2017.

This year’s show will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first transatlantic flights to Foynes in July 1937.

Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Director, Foynes Air Show said, “We are so delighted to be part of this new initiative by the Irish Aviation Authority’s Aviation Ireland, and look forward to working with Bray Air Display to bring two outstanding air displays to the general public. Foynes Air Show is a Free Event to be enjoyed by all, while helping to preserve our aviation history for future generations.”

Gerry Humphries piloting a RV-7 over the Shannon Estuary. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

She is remaining tight lipped for now about some of the new exciting plans for this year. “We will start announcing the line up over the coming weeks. We can assure fans of the show that there will be so much more to see and do this year, it should provide a huge attraction to Foynes and West Limerick,” Margaret said.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority said, “The Foynes Air Show has been a really great event in recent years and this year promises to be an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country and this year under the IAA’s “Aviation Ireland” campaign we are supporting not just one, but two, spectacular air shows over the same weekend – at Foynes and at Bray, making this year an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. We see this as a great avenue to raise the profile of aviation and to generate an interest in our industry.”