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"The pilot of a glider plane has died after his aircraft landed in a field near an airstrip in Kilkenny.
It is understood that the man, who was in his early 70s, was a well-known businessman in the area.
He was the only occupant of the single seater plane.
His body has been removed to hospital for a post mortem examination."
condolences to family
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A name that ranks with Darby Kennedy,Pearse Cahill, Tony Doyle, who devoted his life, skills and resources to making aviation a better place for all of us
Probably he first flew in 1947 - I followed in 1948
His first solo would have been 1954 - mine was 1956
I remember in the 1960's, that for some reason, I was required to give him some dual instruction.
I have long-since transposed the logbook entriy for that event to show who was the real instructor and who the beneficiary.
I last flew with him about a month ago in G-BEDC
In Paradisum deducant eum Angeli
I first met Martin in 1972 when I was a very low time student pilot. I was also into plane spotting and photography and was hanging around Shannon when Martin and a student arrived into Shannon on a cross country.
They arrived into the old bar/cafeteria upstairs where I got talking with them. When finished Martin took me for a circuit in the Rallye EI-AUD which was a great thrill - a new aircraft type and a new airfield for my log book.
I met Martin many many times over the years and also found him a wonderful and interesting person to speak with. I also enjoyed reminding him of our first meeting. On many of my visits to Kilkenny in recent times Martin was very ofter manning the tower and radio.
Many will have seen the recently transmitted black and white documentary by RTE on gliding made at Baldonnell in the late sixties. The pilot who featured in that film heading off on a cross country to Cavan was Martin.
I wish to add my personal condolences to his family and many friends in aviation. May he Rest in Peace.
Wednesday August 9th., Prayers at Martin's House, Elmira, Kells Road
Kilkenny at 5.30p.m. and then to St. Patricks Church, College Road,
Thursday August 10th., Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 11a.m.
followed by Burial at Foulkestown, which is approx 2 miles out the
Life at the club will never be the same for those of us who Martin taught to fly, and indeed, all of us who benefited from his wisdom, humour, and his enduring love and enthusiasm for flying, and Kilkenny Flying club. It's hard to believe that we will never see the liteace van parked alongside the hanger, or hear his dulcit tones over the radio " roger D Uniform Echo you're number one 27 winds calm"
Martin, you were number one.
'Good-night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.'
I last spoke with Martin on Sunday afternoon. I don't know what made me visit the airfield in Kilkenny but I wasn't going flying as I had my family in tow. Martin as usual was present at the club playing his part. I was delighted for the opportunity for my 2 young boys to meet "the man who had taught Daddy how to fly". Martin, despite being in demand for tug duties had the time to talk to my boys and did his best to try and persuade me to go for a quick flight. Martin had a devilish "hurr hurr" type laugh which we were all treated to when he told me that he had managed to put a stay on the sale of GB-DEC as this is still the favourite of "some" of the members. Martin loved his Rallyes. He was almost prophetic when he said there were big changes happening in the club with the impending arrival of a new aircraft.
The boys were delighted as we watched Martin take off with glider in tow and then return to perform a perfect glide landing. Martin hopped out of the Rallye and again came over to talk to us. We said our goodbyes and as we were walking away he reminded me to drop in a copy of a picture of the last train going over the viaduct in Borris. He was "going to win a bet with Pat Nolan, Hurr Hurr".
I will miss Martin
High Flight ( An Airman'Ecstasy
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies on laughter silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun split clouds~and done a hundred things
you have not dreamed of; Wheeled and soared and swung
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
my eager craft through footless halls of air;
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace,
Where neve lark nor eagle flew;
And while with slient lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
By: John Gillespie Magee ( 1922 -41 )
Sincere condolencies to family of Martin and of course the members of Kilkenny Areo Club
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