Air show to get ministerial seal of approval

Minister for Tourism Seamus Brennan will make a guest appearance this weekend at the country’s biggest all-Irish free air show.

Minister for Tourism Seamus Brennan will make a guest appearance this weekend at the country’s biggest all-Irish free air show.

The aerobatics display over Bray, Co Wicklow, rescheduled from August 5 due to bad weather, is expected to involve more than 15 aircraft and will bring to a close on Sunday the town’s massive annual outdoor seafront Summerfest, which kicked off in early July.

It will see performances from the Air Corps and Army Black Knights parachute team along with an elite array of flying specialists.

A number of events were called off nationwide after rain lashed the country earlier this month, but clouds are expected to stay away this weekend leaving clear skies for the aerobatics extravaganza.

Spokesman Jason Cooke said: “While we were disappointed to have to postpone the original air display from the August Bank Holiday Weekend, we are delighted that we are able to stage this event this weekend to the scale that we had always promised.

“Huge effort has gone in over the past month from all parties and agencies to ensure that we will present an unforgettable free family event in Bray this Sunday, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to what will be an exciting and thrilling close to this year’s Bray Summerfest,” he said.

The air show is a first for the festival and enthusiasts will be able to buy a special commemorative brochure, with proceeds donated to the Chernobyl Children’s Project.

The Air Corps will be headlining the show, which takes off at 3pm, and will involve the Pilatus PC-9M, CASA CN-235-100MP Persuader, Agusta Westland AW139, Eurocopter EC135P2, and Aerospatiale Alouette III aircrafts.

Other highlights will be the Irish Army Black Knights Parachute Display Team, a Sikorsky S-61N demonstration by Coast Guard SAR, plus appearances by a number of elite aerobatics specialists.

Mr Brennan will meet with organisers of the show, which will be launched by Bray Cathaoirleach, councillor Brid Collins.

Celtic Helicopters will operate pleasure flights from Presentation College, Putland Road, Bray, on the afternoon of the display.

Family entertainment on Bray Seafront will include a static exhibit by the Irish Army, appearances by the Irish Naval Service and the RNLI Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat, plus children’s entertainment sponsored by Bray Town Centre Pizarro Developments, including bouncy castles, face painters and balloon modellers.

A traffic management plan will be in operation for the event.

Further information can be found by logging on to www.brayairdisplay.com

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