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Any Spotting In Ireland?

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:24 pm

I'm going to be doing a driving tour in Ireland in a week or so, likely the West (Gallway), South (Kenmare / Dingle) and possibly even make my way Northwest (Donegal), flying into and out of Shannon.

I'll definitely stop by the Aran Islands and go to the little airport they have there on the main island. I'm likely going to stay away from Dublin. I've been to the garage in Dublin a couple of times, didn't get anything. Although I do have some interior shots of the new T2 that I need to dig out and edit.

Anywhere I should stop on my journey? Max focal length I'm bringing is 280MM on a crop body.

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RE: Any Spotting In Ireland?

Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:26 pm

Where are you flying to in Ireland? Cork is now becoming mainly a summer airport and this year there have been some very interesting airliner visits like Air Italy and El Al 767 on charters. There has also been a good selection of Classic 737s, ie, 737-300 and 737-400s, Air Italy, Tailwind, Small Planet, Trawel Fly and some very welcome MD80s from Trawel Fly and Dubrovnik Air. The summer also saw a great variety of bizjets like Da 7x, Falcon 900s, Gulfstreams etc.

It is quieter now though and we in Cork will be in the doldrums for a few months until the spring again with some of the only excitement being hopefully a few new Ryanairs! There are now a nice few light aircraft and a few bizjets based in Cork and if you are in the locality they may be worth a look at if the weather is clement!

If you are in Kenmare then you will be close enough to Kerry Airport which is located very near to Farranfore in County Kerry between Killarney and Tralee. Quietish on the whole but still worrth a brief visit as there is always the chance of the occasional exotic bizjet either from the USA or the Middle East.

There are always a good few airliners in Shannon be they in storage or in for maintenance at the Shannon Aerospace facillity or in for painting.

Hope you have an enjoyable visit to Ireland and that the weather will be fine for you.

(I will be making an announcement about a new lens on Monday next as I am in the UK at the moment.)

Had three very enjoyable hours at a sunny and warm Heathrow this afternoon!

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RE: Any Spotting In Ireland?

Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:44 am

Afraid most of the places you mention have very very thin traffic, so do not expect too much. This is especially true since the PSO scheme has ended for most internal routes.

Shannon can usually produce something off the Atlantic, bizjet or military and has maintenance visitors as mentioned. Donegal has a few movements connected with oil exploration, which may have wound down for the winter by now, so the few locally based light aircraft are the most likely sights there and at GWY or KIR. You might find that other than at a sunny weekend these are firmly shut away in a hangar. If you have any interest in light aircraft Weston, near Dublin, might be worthwhile. The Bucaneer is still there and easy to find but the DC3 has left for India, via U.K.

On Aran there is unlikely to be anything except the Islander that brought you over, as any summer visitors will be gone. Knock is also very unexciting, a few commercial aircraft often easier seen elsewhere and visibility there is often poor, it stands on a ridge.

Hope the weather is dry for you and have a nice trip.
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RE: Any Spotting In Ireland?

Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:53 am

Hi Ron,

My Family is from galway and I live just a stones throw away from EICM Galway Airport.
If you're coming to the airport for spotting only its not really worth it, however I have contacts that could get you into the control tower and maybe airside but the likely chance that there will be traffic is low.
My flickr page has a few things from Galway, feel free to have a look.



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