Singer James Blunt touches down at Shannon

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Singer James Blunt pictured with Deirdre Whitney, property manager at Shannon Airport
SINGER-songwriter James Blunt’s latest album may be called Moon Landing, but it was on the runway of Shannon Airport that he touched down last week.

SINGER-songwriter James Blunt’s latest album may be called Moon Landing, but it was on the runway of Shannon Airport that he touched down last week.

The British singer who is most known for his marmite song, You’re Beautiful, flew into the airport ahead of his one night only gig in Killarney.

“We get a lot of well-known faces coming through here but I am a particular fan of James Blunt so I was delighted when I saw him,” said Deirdre Whitney, property manager at Shannon Airport who got her photograph taken with the Bonfire Heart singer.

“I just spotted him coming in through arrivals and approached him and asked him if he would stand into a photograph with me and he obliged.”

Ms Whitney, who is from Newmarket-on-Fergus, exchanged a few pleasantries with the singer while the photograph was being taken.

“There was a gentleman with him who took the photo and we exchanged a few words while the photo was being taken. He was really nice, exactly how he comes across when you hear him interviewed,” she explained.

Her one regret is that she didn’t make the concert the following evening in the INEC in Killarney.

“I’m just sorry that I didn’t know it was on as I would have made plans to go to it. I will definitely make it my business to see him live next time he’s in these parts but it’s great to have met him here at Shannon at least.”

Moon Landing is the fourth album by James Blunt. His third single, You’re Beautiful, has been his biggest hit to date.

Blunt is the latest high-profile star to have passed through Shannon Airport. Last August, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks enjoyed a stop-over at the airport with his wife and children. The Saving Private Ryan star spent his time in the transit lounge watching the Limerick minor hurlers battle it out with Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.

In July, Bruce Springsteen travelled through the airport after his show-stopping Thomond Park gig. “He literally left Thomond Park, got a garda escort, got onto the plane and flew out to Paris that night,” said a staff member.