I might be able to help with your search for info about the old aerodrome. If you could give me some details like the townland or any other name for the site. Also distance and heading from the nearest town would be a big help.
I would be very interested if you manage to achive either of your goal's. Photo's of the endevour would be great.JFH wrote:Renvyle House located in North West Connemara hugoj.
I believe the first noted landing at this site was in 1928 by an Avro Avian.
Later in the summer of 1933 it was granted an aerodome licence it seems but from what authority remains unknown to me!
Thank you for "resurrecting" a missing piece of data I had stored in my docs and managed to loose in a 2006 computer upgrade. Also thank you shrtfld for the additional information which of course is of the correct period.
I know Oliver St.John Gogarty flew down from Dublin quite a bit and landed his Gypsy Moth at Renvyle and occasional other private aircraft visited the house up until the 1950's.
The site is now a Golf Course and has not seen a fixed wing aircraft for over 50 years I would say.
The golf course is a 9 hole par 3 and as far as I can see there is just one possible fairway which might be suitable as a landing strip. It's 395m 01/19 between Rusheenduff lough and the beach and is also a candidate for St.John Gogarty's landing strip, unless you know otherwise.
I'd like to see if I can find any offical records of it out of interest really.
It would be absolutely amazing if you could uncover the official grant of an aerodome licence.
Going to attempt a touch and go one of these days on the golf course for old times sake.. maybe even a full stop
But back in the twenties the Department dealing with aviation was the Dept of Industry and Commerce. So that's where you might want to look for your research.
Amelia Earhardt was among one of those who contacted them this year.
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