Former Limerick mayor flying high after skydive

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Ex metropolitan mayor Michael Sheahan dived into the clear blue sky in aid of Mid-West Spina Bifida. Cllr Sheahan, pictured with instructor Peter Breen, was frighteningly excited as he plunged from 13,000 feet
THE former metropolitan mayor of Limerick Michael Sheahan dived into the clear-blue sky as part of a charity event held in aid of Mid-West Spina Bifida.

THE former metropolitan mayor of Limerick Michael Sheahan dived into the clear-blue sky as part of a charity event held in aid of Mid-West Spina Bifida.

The Fine Gael councillor, who relinquished his chain of office last week, said he was “frighteningly excited” as he plunged from 13,000 feet over the weekend.

Cllr Sheahan said: “There was no fear at all before it, I was looking forward to it. But as I sat on the ledge looking down into the space, I had a moment of protest. But once I was launched into space, it was beautiful to look down on the wind farms, and the landscape around it. And to have people floating beside me made me feel a bit safer”.

He added: “As Tina Turner would say, it was ‘Simply The Best’: it was the most amazing feeling in the world.”

John Byrnes, the vice-chairman of Mid-West Spina Bifida joined Cllr Sheahan for the sky-dive.

Instructor Mr Breen said the former mayor was “a natural born skydiver”.

Cllr Sheahan arrived at the centre near Portarlington, Co Laois, for the fundraiser early last Sunday morning.

But due to windy weather, he had to wait 12 hours until he could get up in the sky, and complete the effort.