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Published on May 17th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer

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Fifth Foynes Air Show to take place on 28th July

An aviation display of international standards will return to the skies over west Limerick this summer as the Foynes Air Show is expected to soar to new heights. The fifth Foynes Air Show, which is supported by the IAA and is part of the IAA’s #AviationIreland weekend with the Bray Air Display, will take place on Saturday 28th July. The Limerick event has already attracted more than 13 world renowned acts, with more yet to be confirmed.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD was among the crowd at the 2017 event that looked to the clear skies over west Limerick at a unique display of 16 awe-inspiring acts by 30 aircraft.

Last year’s show broke all records attracting 30,000 people from all over Ireland to the picturesque maritime village of Foynes.  Among the crowd at the 2017 event was Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who described the Foynes Show as the perfect way to celebrate the rich aviation history of Foynes and its location on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Foynes Air Show Festival Director said, “Last year’s show exceeded all expectations as the eyes of the country were on Limerick, or more specifically over west Limerick as tens of thousands of people gathered for the event. This year we are just as ambitious with our show, and over the coming weeks we will be revealing the names of all the awe-inspiring acts which include iconic historical aircraft, high tech military planes, and champion aerobatic pilots. We already have commitments from 13 acts based on the huge success of last year’s show.”

The IAA is a supporter of the Foynes Air Show as part of its #AviationIreland campaign to promote aviation across the state. The show is also supported by Limerick City & County Council, Shannon Airport, Shannon Foynes Port Company, Bord Fáilte, and many other aviation companies and local industry.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also 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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