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Published on December 9th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Book Review – Irish Air Spectacular

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

It’s not often that we get a book completely dedicated to Irish Aviation and to have one created with such quality is a testament to Ireland’s position on the global aviation stage. Produced by Sé Pardy, organiser of the Bray Air Display and many more aviation events, this book takes you on a pictorial journey through many of the major air shows hosted in Ireland over the last 10 years. Other events also feature such as FlightFest in 2013, Shannon Airport Airshow in 2015, the visit of Barrack Obama in 2011 and many more.

The Foreword has been 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. It’s impossible to pick a favourite from such a stunning collection of photos but towards the top of my list would be the AFTA Diamond DA42’s over the Old Head of Kinsale, the Saab Viggen over the west coast, a Pilatus PC-9M over Clew Bay and Team Raven also over Clew Bay.

Irish Air Spectacular has been produced to a very high standard and is the perfect Christmas present for anyone with an interest in aviation. To date, annual fundraisers have raised over €225,000 for the charity. For more information about the book and calendar, and to pre-order, visit the dedicated website at

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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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