Tuesday 25 October 2016

Drone footage shows the extent of flooding in northwest

Published 16/11/2015 | 11:41

STUNNING drone footage shows the true extent of the flooding on the border of Donegal and Tyrone.

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Matthew Kelly, from Clare but based in Letterkenny, shot the footage while undertaking the 'New Frontiers' entrepreneurship programme with Enterprise Ireland.

He told Independent.ie that after hearing about the flooding he headed towards Clady, on the Tyrone side of the Donegal/Tyrone border, but ended up filming on the Donegal side. "I got a bit lost!"

"I spotted that garage and there were a few people there so I asked if I could fly over. I popped the drone out and sent it up".

He explains that luck played a part as "it was the only ten minutes in the day that it wasn't raining".

Despite the windy conditions, Kelly managed to secure the footage before it began to rain again and the drone had to be brought back in.

He uploaded the footage to YouTube and has been surprised by the attention it's received, which he says "is great for me, as a start-up business".

Kelly also creates apps and two of his creations are shortlisted for the App Awards this Thursday. Both apps utilise the drones to create innovate experiences and are available on the App Store for free.

The Dromoland app features aerial footage of each golf hole in Dromoland castle narrated with tips from the castle's golf professional.

The Cliffs of Moher app is a drone-mapped audio guide exploring Ireland's most notable cliffs.

Kelly explains that the aim of his business is to "promote Ireland using drones".

He is fully licenced by the Irish Aviation authority to operate the drone.

You can check out more from DroneVideos.ie here.

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