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Camping in a chopper? Ireland's glamping king rescues 40ft-long helicopter meant for museum

Published 10/08/2016 | 16:49

David McGowan and his Boeing in Enniscrone. Pic: Carl Brennan
David McGowan and his Boeing in Enniscrone. Pic: Carl Brennan
FLIGHT OF FANCY: The Boeing 767 arrives in Enniscrone, Co Sligo, after a gruelling 36-hour journey by sea from Shannon. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

First David McGowan shipped a Boeing 767 from Shannon to Sligo, now he has his sights set on another form of aircraft.

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The next addition to his Quirky Nights Glamping Village, which currently holds taxis and buses as methods of camping, will be a helicopter.

“I’m after finding a helicopter!” he said on The Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

McGowan said he found the 40ft long helicopter in a hay shed in Mullingar, and it was on the way to a museum until he convinced the owner to sell it to him.

“I’ll get a double bed into it no problem,” he said confidently.

McGowan said the Boeing 767, which he acquired in May, has been a major success, raking in 40,000 visitors since it landed on the site.

The plane holds nine bedrooms and the entrepreneur said he has already received nine requests for weddings to be held in it next year.

Another venture for the undertaker-turned-businessman is transporting a 63ft long train that he recently bought for €25,000 from London to Sligo.

FLIGHT OF FANCY: The Boeing 767 arrives in Enniscrone, Co Sligo, after a gruelling 36-hour journey by sea from Shannon. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
FLIGHT OF FANCY: The Boeing 767 arrives in Enniscrone, Co Sligo, after a gruelling 36-hour journey by sea from Shannon. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

McGowan runs Quirky Glamping Villiage in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, where four boats, eight taxis, ten double-decker buses, three train carriages and a Boeing 767 play host to guests who want to upgrade their camping experience.

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