Man Killed in Glider Crash near Kilkenny

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Man Killed in Glider Crash near Kilkenny

Post by Lambada Crazy » Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:06 pm

From RTE:

"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."

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Kilkenny flyin on 13th is cancelled.

Post by highflyer1000 » Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:58 pm

The flyin event due to be held in Kilkenny airfield on the 13/8/06 is now cancelled due to a bereavement. The airfield is also closed until further notice.
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Post by Flyer1 » Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:19 pm

My condolences to all concerned. Rest in Peace.

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Post by Rugmuncher » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:57 am

Had the pleasure of meeting Martin at Kilkenny an absolute gentleman, a sad loss both to his family, and Irish avaition.

Sincerest condolences to all concerned.


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Post by MCRO » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:28 am

Martin Mulhall

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


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Post by alphaLaura » Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:42 am

Heard the report yesterday - my deepest sympathy to Martin, family and friends.
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Post by HarryMc » Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:37 pm

It is with great regret and sadness I hear of Martin's tragic passing.

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.

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Post by Maverick » Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:22 pm

Sincere condolences to all involved in this tragic accident.

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Post by trevt » Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:54 pm

Funeral Arrangements for Martin's funeral as follows;

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
Waterford Road.

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Post by Irishwingz » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:32 am

Certainly a man like that is hard to replace.

He brought me on my first flight in 1980 at the age of 5 and I've yet to lose the aviation bug.

Condolances to the family.

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Post by Trigger » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:43 am

This last few days has been one of reflection, deep shock, and sorrow at the sudden loss of one of nature's true Gentlemen. Cliches normally banded about at times like this are difficult to avoid, but in truth Martin Mullhall was Kilkenny Airfield, and his loss will be immense at the club to which he dedicated so much of his large life.
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.'

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Post by Rallye Flyer » Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:12 am

I started flying at the same time as Trigger (above). I think we were 2 of Martin's last students. The man brought enthusiasm, character and humour to learning how to fly. He managed to persuade me to perform my first solo at 9am one Stephen's Day. His knowledge didn't just extend to aviation but also to business, history, current affairs and there was always genuine curiousity about what was going on in the students life.

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

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Post by Rallye EIBFP » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:52 pm

My sympathies to his family, friends and fellow aviatiors....

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Post by Bleriot » Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:46 pm

This piece of poetry seems apt at this sad time.

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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Post by OW wright » Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:10 pm

really nice post Bleriot.

Rest in Peace, Martin Mulhall.

sadly one less pilot in the world.

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