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Aviation Ireland Weekend a Spectacular Success as 170,000 People Attend

29 Jul 2018

Bray, 29 July, 2018 – A wonderful weekend in aviation culminated in Bray this evening, with a combined total of 170,000 people having attended the Bray Air Display and Foynes Air Show as part of the 2018 Aviation Ireland weekend.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is the main supporter of the Aviation Ireland weekend, and the weekend helps the IAA raise the profile of aviation industry in Ireland. Attendees at the two speculator coastal locations of Foynes and Bray, were treated to incredible aerial acrobatics and dazzling displays of precision perfect-manoeuvres from some of the world’s most accomplished aerobatic display teams, as Ireland’s east and west coast combined to celebrate the country’s strong connections with the aviation industry.

Speaking at the weekend, Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority said: “The Irish Aviation Authority with its central role in the promotion and development of aviation in Ireland is delighted have supported both the Foynes Air Show and Bray Air Display, enabling the high-quality and spectacular displays that were seen over the course of this Aviation Ireland weekend. The Aviation Ireland weekend has been hugely successful and incredibly well attended in the two coastal locations of Foynes and Bray.”

Over the course of the weekend over 40 aircraft took to the skies including;

  • The Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows
  • The Irish Air Corps
  • Patrouille Tranchant Fouga
  • Royal Jordanian Falcons
  • Catalina PBY-5A 
  • Shamrock 1940 (DC-3) 
  • Irish Historic Flight Foundation (Stearman) 
  • Irish Historic Flight Foundation (Chipmunks)
  • Make-A-Wish CAP 232 & the Flying Dentist 
  • ME109 & Mustang 
  • Viggen Display 
  • Aer Lingus, Shamrock 1936 
  • The Blades Aerobatic Team 

Foynes Air Show took place on Saturday 28 July and the Bray Air Display took place on Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July.

Sé Pardy, Director, Bray Air Display, said, “Thanks to everyone who made their way to Bray this weekend to enjoy the show - we really appreciate all the support. A big thank you also to our main supporters the IAA as well as Wicklow County Council and all of the volunteers who make the weekend such a success.”

Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Foynes Air Show Festival Director said, “The Foynes Air Show is a huge undertaking for Foynes and Limerick, but it has proven to be a massive success year on year. It originated as a day for families to enjoy and celebrate Foynes and its place in the aviation world, but has grown to be so much more, while retaining its original aims.”