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Published on October 1st, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


Flying with Father Browne: An enchanting album of aviation photographs


Passengers checking in at Dublin Airport

Father Francis Browne SJ has become one of the best-known and most important Irish photographers of the twentieth century. A Jesuit priest, Father Browne is best-remembered for his extraordinary collection of photographs taken during the maiden voyage of Titanic on which he travelled from Southampton, via Cherbourg, to Cobh. When Titanic sank, Fr Browne’s photographs were printed on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Following the Titanic, Fr Browne photographed World War I, where he was a decorated chaplain on the battlefields of Europe. He continued to take photographs throughout his life, amassing a collection of 42,000 negatives which were lost and forgotten, until found by fellow Jesuit, E E O’Donnell SJ, the author of this book. Fr O’Donnell was the curator of the Father Browne Collection for many decades.


The lounge at Collinstown Airport 1946

Aviation was a source of great fascination for Father Browne. He flew in various aircraft from the early days of flight, often in private planes and in his later years on scheduled aircraft. This collection contains his unique images of Irish aviation in the early years of the twentieth century. From the new Dublin Airport to Cobham’s Flying Circus, from early photos of bi-planes to the Aer Lingus fleet, from photographs on the ground to photographs from the air, aviation and photography enthusiasts alike will find here a treasure trove of previously unseen material.

We have three copies of Flying with Father Browne to give away, for details on how to enter, visit out Facebook page

Flying with Father Browne is available from and bookshops nationwide. Priced at €19.99. Visit The Father Browne Collection on Facebook for regular updates.


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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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