Foynes is flying high as Foynes Air show is set to return this Summer

Foynes Air Show 2017 Picture: Oisin McHugh

An aviation display of international standards will return to the skies over west Limerick this summer as the Foynes Air Show is expected to soar to new heights.

The fifth Foynes Air Show, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and is part of the IAA’s #AviationIreland weekend with the Bray Air Display, will take place on Saturday July 28, 2018. The Limerick event has already attracted more than 13 world renowned acts, with more yet to be confirmed.

Last year’s show broke all records attracting 30,000 people from all over Ireland to the picturesque maritime village of Foynes for the largest ever air show held along the west coast of Ireland.

Foynes Air Show 2017
Picture: Oisin McHugh

Among the crowd at the 2017 event was Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who described the Foynes Show as the perfect way to celebrate the rich aviation history of Foynes and its location on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Foynes Air Show Festival Director said, “Last year’s show exceeded all expectations as the eyes of the country were on Limerick, or more specifically over west Limerick as tens of thousands of people gathered for the event.

“This year we are just as ambitious with our show, and over the coming weeks we will be revealing the names of all the awe-inspiring acts which include iconic historical aircraft, high tech military planes, and champion aerobatic pilots. We already have commitments from 13 acts based on the huge success of last year’s show.”

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“The Foynes Air Show is a huge undertaking for Foynes and Limerick, but it has proven to be a massive success. This free family show is about entertainment and enjoyment, with a nod to world aviation history and putting Foynes and indeed Limerick on the map as an attractive tourist destination,” said Ms O’Shaughnessy.

“And while the event has expanded to attract aircraft enthusiasts and tourists from all over Ireland and Europe, it remains a family and community event at its core.”

The IAA is a supporter of the Foynes Air Show as part of its #AviationIreland campaign to promote aviation across the state. The show is also supported by Limerick City & County Council, Shannon Airport, Shannon Foynes Port Company, Bord Fáilte, and many other aviation companies and local industry.

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