Published on January 13th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Irish Air Spectacular Book Raises €23,000 for SVP

Irish Air Spectacular – A unique collection of aviation photography over Ireland, published in November, has raised €23,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The aviation fundraiser generated €38,000 in 2020 including the Irish Air Spectacular book which brings the total funds raised to date to €225,000. The funds raised are used exclusively by St. Vincent de Paul Society in Birr town and the rural areas surrounding Birr. A separate education fund has been set up and the monies raised are used to assist children from less privileged backgrounds in three levels of education. Primary, Secondary and Third level.

The Foreword of the book was written by Eamonn Brennan, former CEO of the Irish Aviation Authority and current Director General of Eurocontrol. In it he eloquently describes the contributions Ireland has made to the global aviation industry including duty-free, aircraft leasing and low cost air travel.

Much of the fabulous photography is supplied by Frank Grealish who is very well known for his outstanding photographs. Other photographers who contributed include Pat Lanigan Ryan, Karl Donohoe and the Irish Defence Forces. Outside of the aviation events, many of the smaller Irish based aviation companies are also pictured including Executive Helicopters, CHC Ireland and Atlantic Flight Training Academy.

The book is available to purchase at

Irish Air Spectacular – A unique collection of aviation photography over Ireland. Featuring the photography of Frank Grealish with contributions from many others. HB 160 Pages, Full Colour. Millennium Aviation Event Solutions 2020. ISBN 978-1-5272-7298-9

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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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