Local airfield celebrates 50 years taking to the sky

An impressive fly pass at Kilkenny Airport 50th Annivserary Celebrations. Picture: Michael Brophy.
Fifty years of flying at Kilkenny Airfield was marked last weekend with an aerial extravaganza.

Fifty years of flying at Kilkenny Airfield was marked last weekend with an aerial extravaganza.

Dozens of planes, hundreds of jumps, never mind endless refreshments marked the occasion at one of the few executive airfields in the country.

Kilkenny’s prominence over the decades as an airfield has been well documented, and on this occasion the show provided to almost 2,000 guests really thrilled.

All eyes were on the sky as aerobatic teams flew in especially for the occasion, and local aeroplane enthusiasts were thrilled with the display on show.

On the ground, guests who received their free passes enjoyed refreshments and a barbecue - even the big match from Croke Park was on a large TV screen so everyone could keep up to date with the high-flying Cats.

Kilkenny Airfield is now home to numerous skydiving events, with local charities taking advantage of the proximity of the airfield to take part in the daring, fund raising adventure that is a sky dive for charity.

In recent weeks, on one Saturday alone, a remarkable 450 jumpers did what many would define as foolhardy - jump from a perfectly good plane - but all for a good cause.