A native of Portlaoise, he presented the G.O.C. with an illustrated record of the 1912 Portlaoise Plane (or Maryborough, as it was in 1912) the first aeroplane to be built and flown in what later became The Republic of Ireland. Both airframe and engine manufactured in the old Aldritts Automobile Works, the plane, which made its historic flight over the Great Heath of Maryborough, is now in an East Sussex museum alongside Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird, K3, in which he took the water-speed record on Lake Maggiore in 1937. Visitors to the museum wondered why this aeroplane, which had put Portlaoise on the map as the birthplace of aviation in Southern Ireland, was on show in East Sussex and not in its native town or County.
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