It's also home to a sizeable collection of aviation memorabilia....most of which had been transferred from the South East Aviation Enthusiast's Group that had resided at Waterford Airport under the leadership of Mr George Harvey. After the group lost their site at Waterford Mr Michael"Boss"Kennedy, the current owner of the Dromad musuem, kindly offered display space on his grounds.
Responsible for the Aviation contigent at the museum is Mr Philip Bedford, an extremely likeable fellow with an encyclopedic knowledge on all things aviation! It is testiment to the man that he has preseved a wealth of our aviation heritage almost single handedly...and at times out of his own pocket.
Apart from maintaining the aircraft on site, he is currently working off site on a brace of De Havilland Vampire jet fighters, with the intention of restoring one to fully complete status. He also has more immediate plans to provide the 1952 vintage ex-Irish Air Corps De Havilland Chipmunk with adequate cover in order to protect it from the elements...which are sadly beginning to take their toll.
Among the items displayed are:
1952 Ex-Irish Air Corps Chippie
1955 Ex- Irish Air Corps Percival Provost
1956 Douglas DC-7C G-AOIE front section
1961 Boeing 707-321 VP-BDF cockpit section
Another find off the coast, A WWII Luftwaffe flying boats prop..
This is the droptank from a WWII P-47 Thunderbolt. It was found in a field by a farmer in Waterford during the Emergency..
One of the numerous preserved gliders on site is this 1954 Sligsby T.31B Tandem Tutor. Others include ex-RAF and Luftwaffe WWII vintage gliders.
A Pratt & Whitney JT4A-9 Turbojet (from the Boeing 707-321)
A bullet riddled windscreen on the Provost..
Ex-RAF instructional glider cockpit section..
The Boss........ Michael Kennedy
Anyone with any aircraft parts , in particular Percival Provost/Chipmunk or DH Vampire,that they wish to donate can contact Philip Bedford at the number below...or drop me a pm and I'll pass on the details to him.
Cavan & Leitrim Railway museum can be contacted on 071-9638599 . It's a great day out for all the family.
It's amazing the work that he's carried out thus far...and he has big plans for the future.
The other artifacts are very interesting too (I'll post some pics of these if you want?). My kids loved the train ride and the Vintage Steam train "Dromad". They do a Ghost train tour at Halloween with zombies clambering out of their graves,the Bat Air Aztec crewed by skeletons,creepy guillotine, bonfires,fireworks etc....kids (and adults) will love it.
Check out their site http://www.irish-railway.com
Opening times are
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 17.30
Sunday 13.00 to 17.30
They also have a collection of Army artillery guns, including a fully-restored 17-pdr anti-tank gun, all still owned by the State and regularly exhibit at reenactment shows and the like. Mr Kennedy is leaning on the barrel of a Army "French 75", which was originally designed in around 1897 and is still in working order. I brought my wife and two girls there two years ago and they loved it, especially the half-mile train ride. The lads there are a fount of knowledge, mad as hatters and a great laugh.
Everyone with even the faintest interest should go there and throw a few quid in the collection box.
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