Published on June 11th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Dublin Airport Police & Fire Service Charity Cycle for Rescue 116

Today, 11th June (116), the Dublin Airport Police & Fire Service will complete a Charity Cycle in aid of the friends and family of Rescue 116 which was lost in a tragic accident on 14th March this year. The charity cycle will consist of 7 laps of Dublin Airport in a relay format which equates to 116 km with all money raised going directly to the Rescue 116 fund.

Former Dublin footballer, Paul Clarke who is a fire officer in the airport and his colleague, Bryan Russell are organising the event. Speaking to the Fingal Independent, Paul Clarke said that members of the Airport Police and Fire Service, colleagues from the rescue helicopter service and Air Traffic Control will all take part in the event. The base for all of these services are on the same side of the airfield and they all work together closely.

Paul knew Ciaran Smith and they both shared a love of long-distance cycling and sometimes cycled together. Paul said he was inspired by Ciaran’s efforts in the gruelling Race Around Ireland and had ‘great respect’ for the Oldtown man.

“The fund will go to the families for whatever they see as necessary. It could be used for a memorial for the crew of to fund the ongoing search or whatever they see fit. The objective of it really is just to show our support for the families, colleagues and friends of the crew.”

If you’d like to support this event, see the GoFundMe fundraising page here.

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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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