Monday 26 September 2016

Remember the ‘Quirky Glamping’ owner who brought a Boeing 767 to Sligo? Now he's moving a train and helicopter – on the SAME day

David McGowan to make two new additions to the site

Amy Molloy

Published 01/09/2016 | 16:03

Credit: Megan Anderson
Credit: Megan Anderson

David McGowan is the gift that keeps on giving.

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The Sligo undertaker and ‘Quirky Glamping’ entrepreneur made headlines in May after he transported a Boeing 767 from Shannon Airport by boat.

Now, Mr McGowan plans on moving a train from London and an old RAF helicopter from a shed in Mullingar to the glamping site – on the same day.

“We’ll have a right convoy heading for Sligo,” he told Independent.ie.

The Boeing being hoisted from its barge and transported to its final resting place, at the Quirky Nights Glamping Village Photo: Sean Harrington, Atlantic Towage and Marine
The Boeing being hoisted from its barge and transported to its final resting place, at the Quirky Nights Glamping Village Photo: Sean Harrington, Atlantic Towage and Marine
Photo via Facebook: Ian Sexton/Quirky Nights Glamping Village
Another view of the decommissioned Boeing 767 coming ashore at Enniscrone Photo: Andy Newman

“We won’t be able to bring the train through London. I’ll have to bring it around the city and get it onto the M1 and up to Holyhead to get the boat. I’m then hoping to come through Dublin, and probably pick up the helicopter along the way.”

“It’ll be a bit of craic sure, but I have to remember the health and safety too, that’s awfully important,” he said.

Mr McGowan is hoping to make the move at the end of September.

“I need to get the train out as quick as lightning as vandals have been wrecking it and it’s taking up space in storage. It’s got 3 carriages and they are each 63 foot long.”

The undertaker said that over 40,000 people have visited the glamping site since the plane arrived in May and is hoping that the addition of a helicopter and train will be even better for business. 

He has had plenty of people offering their vehicles to him – adding that he accepts all types of transportation.

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“People have been trying to sell me fire engines, ambulances, all sorts. You name it, I’ll probably be interested in it,” he said.

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