New Cork air spectacular expected to attract 100,000 spectators

New Cork air spectacular expected to attract 100,000 spectators

Plans for a massive air show over Cork Harbour, featuring jet displays and wing walkers, have been unveiled.

Organisers of next summer’s inaugural Cobh Air Spectacular believe the high-flying entertainment over one of the world’s great harbours could attract up to 100,000 spectators.

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Several aircraft, including the Aero Superbatics Wing Walkers and the Strikemasters jet display teams, have already signed up for the display on July 12, 2020.

The Strikemaster Jet pair, two single-engine vintage military tactical jets which are now used widely as military training jets, are a regular and popular feature at airshows across the UK, and have performed aerobatics at Foynes and at Dublin’s SkyFest.

Some of Ireland’s leading aerobatic pilots, including David Bruton, in his SU-26, and the ‘flying dentist’, Eddie Goggins, a European aerobatics champion in his CAP 232, will show off their skills, with plans for historical aircraft flypasts and displays from the Irish Coastguard and RNLI also in the pipeline.

The harbour setting will provide spectacular vantage points and the event has been timed to coincide with Cork 300, which celebrates three centuries of activity at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Event organiser, Captain Rich MacIlwraith, a former commercial airline captain on 737s and 777s, who is now a senior instructor at the Atlantic Flight Training Academy in Cork, said the Cobh Air Spectacular has been years in planning.

Having been involved with airshows around the world, I have always believed that Cork Harbour provides the best natural backdrop for an event of this kind,” he said.

“We have already attracted an amazing line-up, with more announcements to come.

“This event will be unlike anything we have ever seen on the south coast, and marks a huge opportunity to establish Cobh and the lower harbour as a regular venue for a world class airshow”.

The event is being actively supported and facilitated by management at Cork Airport.

“Cork Harbour offers a great natural amphitheatre for an international air show of this nature and as Ireland’s fastest growing airport, we are delighted to play a leading role in facilitating a spectacular of this nature,” airport spokesman, Kevin Cullinane, said.

Mr MacIlwraith said the organising committee will work closely with the local communities involved, as well as Pure Cork, Cobh Tourism and the Cobh and Harbour Chamber as planning intensifies in the months ahead.

And they are also looking to the corporate world with unique sponsorship packages.

‘We will be working with leading companies to offer the very best experience possible of the event, including the opportunity to fly on some of the aircraft that will be travelling to Cork for the event,” Mr MacIlwraith said.

“This is the first time that companies will have had this opportunity in Cork, and we expect a high demand for both our individual and corporate sponsorship packages.”

Original Story by Eoin English Irish Examiner 

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Cobh Museum 2018 Exhibitions

Cobh Museum 2018 Exhibitions

Cobh Museum are delighted to announce their 2018 Exhibitions which this year feature Anchors Aweigh, the story of the American Navy in Queenstown (Cobh) total of 92 American ships were stationed in Cork Harbour during the last two years of the World War One.

Also featured is the scuttling of the AUD 1916, in collaboration with Mr. Jim Shealy, B.A. (Hons) will explore this event which took place in Cork Harbour. On display as part of Cobh Museum’s 1916 Commemorative Exhibitions will be a rifle and cartridges from the Aud.  Cobh Museum overlooks the harbour where the gunrunning ship “Aud”, was scuttled on April 22nd 1916.

And finally, the story of the RMS Lusitania – A day in May, which was sank on May 7th 1915. Explore the story of the 1,962 passengers and crew on board, including 128 of 139 American passengers on board, changing the course of World War One

More about Cobh Museum

Cobh Museum, housed in the former Scots Presbyterian Church (built in 1854) has been open since 1973 and plays an important role in telling the story of the town of Cobh. Run by a team of volunteers, it is an unexpected delight to visit. A gem in Ireland’s Ancient East, it stands at the entrance to the town overlooking Cork Harbour. Many of the original church furnishings remain, forming a sympathetic background to the varied and changing exhibitions.

Come through the red door and prepare to be surprised. You will immediately be immersed in the history of Cobh (or Queenstown as it was once known). The town, always associated with ships and shipping, is shown through photographs and displays which also reveal its social and commercial history and its strategic role in the maritime and military history of Cork Harbour. Mementoes of the great liners, including the RMS Lusitania, sit alongside artefacts which will spark memories of childhood and the past. Look out for this year’s special exhibition!

A small souvenir shop, advice on genealogical research, a quiz for children and a warm welcome await you in Cobh Museum.

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