Quirky Glamping Irish style

I have to give credit to my friend Rita Moran for this story.  Rita posted this photo on her facebook page and I just had to ask why a plane was floating off the coast of Enniscrone Co Sligo.

It sure looks like a plane has landed on the ocean - doesn't it? Photo credit Waterfront House Enniscrone.

It sure looks like a plane has landed on the ocean – doesn’t it? Photo credit Waterfront House Enniscrone.

Here’s what she told me:  David McGowan, local businessman has a new project…Quirky Glamping…the accommodation is a 767 Plane, London Taxis…a Train… etc

This old decommissioned plane was in Shannon Airport,  Due to planning / permission problems, he couldn’t transport the Boeing 767 plane via road to Enniscrone Co Sligo…so#planesailing it is!

The barge with the plane left Shannon Co Clare yesterday, came up the Atlantic Ocean along the West Coast of Ireland, into Killala Bay this evening.  A large crowd have been viewing the great spectacle all evening!

Unloading the plans onto a truck starts at 6.30am Saturday morning on the beach!!

It’s been hitting the headlines all week in Ireland – check out the Irish Times article and The Journal article.

With all the craziness in the world these days, I just had to share this quirky story.  Only in Ireland!!

Thanks Rita!


Update May 8th:    The plane landed safely on Enniscrone beach …. with a little wave action.

Rita plane sailing 3

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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