Published on December 9th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


‘Get Denis Home’ 2022 Calendar Launched

As published on FII a few weeks ago, Denis Connolly, known to most pilots in Ireland as the friendly face that greeted us at Bantry Airfield, was involved in a serious road accident in June this year and suffered life-changing injuries. Denis was a regular contributor to Flying In Ireland over the years and often sent photos and stories from Bantry Airfield.

To support getting Denis back to his home in Bantry, a Go Fund Me campaign was launched to raise the €50,000 required to make the modifications to his home. To date over €40,000 has been raised. To help get the campaign over the last hurdle, a 2022 calendar has been launched featuring photos taken by Denis over the years from around Bantry.

The calendars were very kindly designed and printed by Bandon Printers. The calendars are priced at €13 each and all proceeds will go directly to getting Denis back home to Bantry. They are available to buy locally around Bantry, at Rowa Pharmaceuticals Ltd. where Denis worked and online at https://hodonovan7.wixsite.com/getdenishome

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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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