Published on June 5th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Kerry Airport Sponsor Charter Flight for County Team

Kerry Airport stepped in to charter a flight to bring the county’s senior hurling team, management and officials home from Dublin after Saturday’s Joe McDonagh Cup Final. The Kerry squad were unable to secure affordable accommodation in Dublin and as a result were being forced to travel down by road after the full-time whistle.

In cooperation with Emerald Airlines, the airport secured an ATR72 to fly the team back to Farranfore and allow them to get home before midnight. CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, said: “We are delighted to support the Kerry hurlers this weekend. When we heard about their difficulties when booking accommodation. They had booked a one-way flight to Dublin with Ryanair but the timings of the game and the return flight clashed. Instead of facing a five-hour bus journey to Kerry, we are proud to sponsor a charter flight, with the assistance of Conor McCarthy and Ciarán Smith, to bring everyone home with Emerald Airlines. We sincerely hope that this will give the Kerry panel the peace of mind to focus on the matter in hand – to win the Joe McDonagh Cup against Antrim. We wish everyone involved the best of luck in Croke Park.”

The Kerry GAA Hurling Liaison Officer, Ger McCarthy, said: “To see someone like John [Mulhern] from Kerry Airport coming in behind Kerry Hurling and Kerry GAA in general, for the county itself, is absolutely great.”

The flight was operated by ATR72-600 EI-GZY, departing Dublin at 20:48 on Saturday evening and touching down in Kerry 47 minutes later. Unfortunately for Kerry, despite a strong comeback in the second half, they lost to Antrim 5-22 to 4-24.

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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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