Over 20,000 people flocked to West Limerick at the weekend for the Foynes/Shannon 75th anniversary air show.
The town was thronged as crowds turned out to see the daredevil aerobatics on display, which marked the 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial flight which landed in Foynes on July 9 1939, as well as the first flight into Shannon airport.
Managing Director of the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum Margaret O’Shaughnessy said that she was “taken aback” by the success of the event.
“The crowds were much bigger than what we had hoped for and that shows the interest there is in aviation, which very much goes back to what was created here at Foynes years ago,” said Ms O’Shaughnessy.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny was present to watch the airshow and unveiled a plaque in honor of the inaugural flight into the sea-port.
On Sunday traffic was extremely heavy on the way into Foynes and by three o’clock an eight kilometer tailback reached neighboring town Askeaton.
Many people found it difficult to reach the town due to the high volume of traffic.
With 34 aircraft taking part in the two-day event, it was billed as the largest air show taking place in the country this year.
On Saturday, there was a display of daredevil wingwalking by the Breitling team followed by a pyrotechnics display by the SWIP team. Afterwards, spectators were treated to a fireworks show.
On Sunday, the main airshow featured a dazzling array of aircraft of all shapes and sizes in a show that lasted about three hours.
- For more on this story and for pictures of the event, see the weekend editions of the Limerick Leader