One of west Limerick’s top events in 2014, the Foynes Air Show, was the recipient of a prestigious award at the Irish Aviation Awards presentation ceremony in Dublin last week.

Last year, Foynes Air Show was held for the first time and was organised by Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the museum and the 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight out of Foynes.

It was such a success that it was one of five short-listed in the General and Sport Aviation category at this year’s awards. The other nominees were Bray Air Display, National Flight Centre, Executive Helicopters and National Microlight Association of Ireland.

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Richard Curran and with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD in attendance as well as up to 650 senior executives, at the awards ceremony 19 prestigious trophies were presented to the very best leaders and organisations within Ireland’s aviation industry.

In attendance also were Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Air Show Director, and Brid and Tadhg Moriarty, Approved Productions, the event managers for the Air Show.

Eamon Brennan, CEO, Irish Aviation Authority who sponsored the awards, announced Foynes Air Show as the winner, and Brian Cullen, chairman of Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, went on stage to accept the trophy.

“Foynes are delighted to be part of these outstanding awards. A big thank you to all our Air Show sponsors and supporters and to Approved Productions for their expertise and manage-ment of the event,” said a delighted Margaret O’Shaughnessy.

The 2015 Air Show will take place again this year; it will be on Sunday July 26th, with the main spon-sor being Limerick City and County Council.

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