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Thursday 17 August 2017

Jet sailing to quirky Sligo campsite delayed until this evening by high tide

Photo via Facebook: Ian Sexton/Quirky Nights Glamping Village
Photo via Facebook: Ian Sexton/Quirky Nights Glamping Village
David McGowan opens champagne before the barge leaves. Photo: Alan Place/fusionshooters
The Boeing 767 is seen atop a barge as it makes its journey up the Shannon Estuary. Photo: Fusionshooters

Meadhbh McGrath

A Boeing 767 making its way by sea from Shannon Airport to Co Sligo has been delayed by high tides and isn’t expected to arrive until later this evening.

The plane, which was bought by entrepreneur David McGowan for his ‘Quirky Nights Glamping Village’, is 159 foot long and weighs 50 tonnes.

The plane departed from Knockbeg Point on a hoverbarge at 5.30pm on Thursday evening.

While the barge enjoyed fine weather conditions for much of its journey, a heavy swell at high tide early this morning has delayed its arrival.

Crowds have gathered on Enniscrone beach, where the jet was scheduled to arrive at 3am.

The barge is now expected to complete its voyage on the low evening tide sometime between 6pm-7pm tonight.

Mr McGowan bought the former Russian-owned jet for €20,000 last year, and plans to create a 'glamping' site on the 15 acres of land behind his home.

He has said he will transform the interior of the plane into eight spacious double bedrooms.

The Boeing 767 is seen atop a barge as it makes its journey up the Shannon Estuary. Photo: Fusionshooters
The Boeing 767 is seen atop a barge as it makes its journey up the Shannon Estuary. Photo: Fusionshooters

Along with the jet, he will convert a number of other forms of transport, including taxi cabs, train carriages, buses and boats.

Quirky Nights Glamping Village hopes to welcome its first 'passengers' later this summer.

David McGowan opens champagne before the barge leaves. Photo: Alan Place/fusionshooters
David McGowan opens champagne before the barge leaves. Photo: Alan Place/fusionshooters

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