General Aviation

Published on June 1st, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


32 Counties in One Day

Congratulations to Raphael O’Carroll from Kernan Aviation for taking off and landing in all 32 counties of Ireland in one day. According to Raphael “this has always been one of my ambitions and I finally completed it on Wednesday 24th May 2017.”

The flight was done in memory of Raphael’s daughter Christine who passed away last September.

“I decided to do this trip of 15 hours flying time, covering 836 nm around and through Ireland in memory of Christine our beautiful daughter who passed away in September. I would be very grateful for donations to our JustGiving page below. These donations will help to support research into brain tumours, a charity very close to our hearts as you will all know. I would like to thank all the airfields we landed in for their hospitality. Also our thanks to the ATC in Sligo, Shannon, Waterford, Dublin and Weston.”

Please give generously to this very important research.

Here are a selection of images from the epic day of flying!

Liam and Raphael after successfully completing the flight.

On the ground in Weston

ILAS Field in Co. Wexford

Waterford Airport

Fermoy, Co. Cork

Sligo Airport

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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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