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Day trips to Shannon and Blarney in the 1970s… December 6, 2015

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I was discussing this recently, that in the mid 1970s our school sent us sixth class children on a day trip – packed onto a 747 at Dublin Airport – flown to Shannon, where we were bussed to Blarney and then returned by train the same day to Dublin. I’ll never forget that journey in the train. The carriages were like furnaces.

When I mentioned it someone said I must have gone to a very posh school, but it wasn’t. Just the local National School in Kilbarrack. I’m guessing it was a deal due to the Shannon stopover. Did anyone else have a similar experience of flying to Shannon?

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1. roddy - December 6, 2015

When we were second years (age 13) we got a bus to Belfast and then the train to Dublin where we visited among other places ,Kilmainam jail and Dublin zoo.This was circa 1972 and we all smoked like troopers without sanction and the teachers drank till they were half pissed.Unfortunately it was all back to brass tacks the next day!

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WorldbyStorm - December 6, 2015

We were a little bit younger, not even cigarettes. I think we were 11 or so.

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Janet Conroy - October 14, 2019

Oh my God I was just talking to my brother about this today!! I was beginning to think I imagined the whole experience. I too did this in 6th class 🙂

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WorldbyStorm - October 14, 2019

Was that the Shannon trip of the Belfast to Dublin one. Either way it’s a world away from many schools these days where such trips would be… unlikely.

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2. CMK - December 6, 2015

First flight was on the Dublin Shannon school tour, don’t remember going to Blarney but it was a very memorable trip. Particularly at a time when very few working class people flew anywhere. My school arranged a trip to Moscow in the mid-80s, which was too expensive for us.

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WorldbyStorm - December 6, 2015

CMK, can I ask, what date was that?

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CMK - December 6, 2015

1981-2, I think, the trip to Shannon.

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WorldbyStorm - December 6, 2015

Thanks, I can’t date the one I was on, possibly 76/77. I’lll have to check. Completely agree, it was something that made flight normative. Very few of the kids I was in school with – including me, had ever been on a jet before or a plane now I think about it. A mate of mine went on a holiday to Yugoslavia about 76 or so and that was very exotic.

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LeftAtTheCross - December 6, 2015

We went on a family sun holiday to Franco’s Spain in 1974. Benidorm. I remember the heat, getting Spanish tummy, the outdoor swimming pool being warm, which the sea baths in Dun Laoghaire never were, and also all the SEAT cars. Very exotic. If ideologically dodgy of course.

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WorldbyStorm - December 6, 2015

Ah, never got there, at least not that stage. Was in Malaga in 1985 with Alastair (once of this parish).

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3. Joe - December 6, 2015

WBS, I’d say you were bussed to Bunratty, not to Blarney. Blarney is near Cork city…

I did the flight with the Baldoyle boy scout cubs, first time too. I’d say it was 1970 or ’71. Can’t remember what we did when we got there. Just remember the wonder of the plane.

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WorldbyStorm - December 7, 2015

Yes, Bunratty it was! You make an old man very happy with your assistance in helping him. 🙂

So it was going on as early as 71 and at least the early 80s.

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Tomboktu - December 7, 2015

Until the mid 80s, at least. I was a volunteer with a group that brought some kids from St Raphael’s in Celbridge to Shannon on a plane, and back on the train. The pilot brought them up to see the cockpit in groups of three (well, two of them and their adult minder).

One of the residents of St Raphael’s was terrified because the captain had his hands off the steering wheel while talking to him.

I was 18 or 19, and asked by the cabin crew to hold the rails and do what my minder asked.

A late uncle of mine used to work in aircraft maintenance in Aer Lingus before it got hived off, and he used to host groups like summer projects or cubs at the hangar and bring them wing-walking.

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WorldbyStorm - December 7, 2015

That pushes the timeline even further forward. It has to have been something involved with the Shannon stopover.

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Tomboktu - December 7, 2015

Oh, it was. They had loads of empty seats on an internal hop in daylight hours that they could sell cheaply to schools etc. and generate a lot of good will. I’d say CIE made any money that was made from the need to get back to Dublin.

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4. GypsyBhoy - December 7, 2015

I did this trip when I was in the 108th CBSI. I lived in Finglas South at the time so certainly not posh. I think it was 1977. I remember the train being very boring after the magic of the plane.

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5. Michael Mullan - December 7, 2015

At a very convivial party in a farmhouse in Cuba a couple of years ago, I got into conversation with an old boy who, it transpired, was a former ambassador to Bulgaria. When he learned I was Irish, he told me he had visited my country many times and had fond memories of it. On closer interrogation, he was referring exclusively to the uisce beatha he had sampled on Aeroflot stopovers at Shannon.

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