Published on September 6th, 2021 | by FII Reader0
Cook a great breakfast and they will come!
Over 40 aircraft, 2 helicopters and a gyroplane arrived at Birr Airfield this Sunday, the 5th of September, with hungry crew looking for breakfast. The organisers were well prepared with everything needed to serve a Full Irish. This is thanks to the generous sponsorship of organisations like Musgrave, Java Republic, Limerick Frozen Foods, Dooley’s Hotel Birr, Rudds Aidan Larkin Nigel Johnsoston, Brosna Press and others. A group of five from Ground Operations Support team Follow-Me Aircraft marshallers were on hand to provide safe and essential support to the operations on the ground movements
The organisers of the annual event, the Ormond Flying Club this year, were encouraged to take a different approach and encouraged donations towards the Birr St. Vincent de Paul.
Marion Carter, a volunteer from Birr, Vincent de Paul, was at the event and expressed her delight at the fundraising effort. Marion also mentioned how this year, people who previously had donated to the organisation were now often requiring its help.
Over €2,000 was raised from visitors on the ground and from the visiting aircraft who attended from all over Ireland, despite the challenging weather conditions. This figure will be added to funds already raised at other events this year to a total of over €254,000. Plans are now in place that this is an annual event.
Among the visitors were Jim Gavin, Dublin Gaelic Football Manager and former player. He was the senior Dublin county team manager from 2012 to 2019, becoming the county’s most successful manager. Jim’s focus was on the flying on Sunday. still, he is looking forward to the All-Ireland Football Final next Sunday, even if he was reluctant to call the winners.
Photos by Joe McDermott and Aidan Mills