Sky-high excitement at airport


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AN ESTIMATED 40,000 people are expected to land on Shannon for one of the most spectacular air shows ever staged in the Mid-West, with the line-up for the Shannon Air Display and associated field activities finalised ahead of Saturday week’s extravaganza.

The Shannon airfield, which will be transformed into the viewing area for the stunning overhead displays, as 20 domestic and international acts, operating 33 separate aircraft, go through their lightning fast paces.

Tickets for the event, which cost just €5  and are available on Eventbrite at, with children under 6 years getting free access to the event while ticket-holders will also be entitled to free access on the weekend to a choice of either Bunratty Castle, King John’s Castle or Craggaunowen visitor attractions.

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The action will be far from confined to the skies, with final arrangements also now being put in place for a vast array of on-the-ground activities as more than  20 separate children’s attractions – ranging from a carousel to a bungee run, obstacle courses and giant jenga – some 25 food operators, as well as music entertainment, ensure there is plenty to enjoy during  breaks in the air display.  A static aircraft and tank display in the spectator zone is also set to be a major attraction.

The main event happens in the skies, however, and crowds will be served up a stunning display, with some of Europe’s leading performers on hand to deliver the captivating performances during the five hour event.

For more of this article, see the latest issue of the Limerick Post, dated July 11.