Some photos I took yesterday flying around the Country
Cloud over Lough Ree and Athlone
michael747 wrote:Hope you were flying IFR
why would he need to be flying IFR . low lying scattered/broken cloud over Athlone he could still see the ground through gaps in the cloud plus hills on the horizon .He still in VFR, lakes, rivers and roads still clearly visable.
GoGoGadgetGoAround wrote:Wasn't there are certain Bishop involved in this?
MONSIGNOR JAMES HORAN
James Horan was born on the 5th of May 1911 in the townland area of Tooreen, in the parish of Partry, Co. Mayo. He was the son of a small farmer and tradesman, and the eldest of 7 children - 4 girls and 3 boys. By the time he had finished primary school in Partry, he had begun to look to the priesthood as a vocation. For this reason, he entered for a scholarship to St. Jarlath's Dioscesan College in Tuam, Co. Galway, which he was successful in winning. In September 1929, he and 6 other fellow students from St. Jarlath's went to Maynooth College to train for the priesthood. He was ordained 7 years later, in 1936 with 71 other students.
On Thursday September 12th 1963, Fr. Horan was transferred to Knock Parish as curate, and from 1967 as Parish Priest. He remained here until his untimely death on August 1st 1986. Often referred to as the 'Builder of Knock' he undertook to improve the facilities at Knock for pilgrims and parishioners alike. His main achievements during this time were.
His third and equally amazing achievement was the building of Horan International Airport. The fact that a Parish Priest in the west of Ireland could be responsible for a multi-million pound airport seemed unrealistic and unattainable. When the first flight out of Knock Airport, destined for Rome, departed on October 24th 1985, Msgr. Horan stated that it was 'the greatest day in the history of Connacht for a hundred years'. He showed his true character and sheer determination in achieving this impressive goal.
Two months after the official opening of the airport, Msgr. Horan went on pilgrimage to Lourdes with members of his family and friends. He died unexpectedly on that pilgrimage on August 1st. His body was flown from Lourdes to Knock and was the first funeral to fly into Knock airport.
Msgr. Horan is buried in the grounds of the Basilica. May he rest in peace.
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