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The Air Corps escort the Papal Legate into Dun Laoghaire in 1932

Eucharistic Fly Past

The Air Corps with its newly acquired Avro 631 Cadet Aircraft, is seen here in the form of a cross, escorting the Papal Legate Cardinal Lorenzo Lauri, into Dun Laoghaire, for the great event of 1932.

Below the airmen 'get into shape' on a practice run some time beforehand.

Eucharistic Fly Past

The top image is from The Air Corps Celebrates 100 Years of Flight, Irish Air Corps Museum, 2003, and the bottom picture is from Wings over Ireland, by Donal McCarron,1996.

Thank you to Steve Quigley for sending us the pictures, and information.

 

Would you believe ..

In order to transport people from all over Ireland to the Eucharistic Congress of 1932, the government encouraged those with any kind of transport to use it. If they had no insurance, they were given an exemption for the duration of the great event. As far as is known, the only road accident to take place at the time was the incident on the bridge at Leixlip, mentioned here in a previous article.