Video: Taoiseach to attend Foynes Air Show

Video: Taoiseach to attend Foynes Air Show

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Posted by The Clare Herald on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will make his first official trip to Limerick since taking office on Saturday July 22, 2017 to attend The Foynes Air Show which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The Taoiseach is the confirmed special guest at the West of Ireland’s largest ever air show, which will also be attended by the Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe and the Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan, as well as numerous others dignitaries.

The show is part of the Aviation Ireland campaign by the IAA with Foynes being the focus for the Western seaboard and Bray Air Display catering for those on the East coast.

The Naval Ship the LE Niamh will also be docked at the port in Foynes for the duration of the show while military and civilian aircraft from all over Europe entertain the crowds from 1.30pm.

“This year’s show is attracting a lot of attention from across Ireland and beyond, with European TV crews applying to film what promises to be one of the biggest events along the Wild Atlantic Way this year,” said Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Foynes Air Show Festival Director.

“Despite the international enthusiasm for the event, the Foynes Air Show remains a free family focused event, attracting local people and holiday makers from all over Ireland every year.”

“We are delighted to have An Taoiseach coming to the Foynes Air Show as our special guest, and look forward to welcoming him to Limerick for the first time since taking up office. He is of course no stranger to Foynes having visited the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum twice as Minister for Tourism,” she said.

This year spectators can expect to be entertained by up to 30 of the world’s most famous and iconic aircraft including the Catalina which has strong historical links to Foynes and the newly refurbished DC-3, which revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.

As many as 17 plus dare devil acts will entertain the crowd in the 3-hour never before seen spectacle over the skies of west Limerick. Among the headline acts are the Spanish Air Force F-18 jet, British Spitfires, and Viggen jet flown by the Swedish Air Force and a pair of Vampires from Norway.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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