Day that Ireland really took off - Aer Lingus turns 80
Aer Lingus started up 80 years ago tomorrow on May 22, 1936 and profoundly changed the life of a nation. Before that first bumpy flight from Baldonnel Aerodrome to Bristol, we weren't entirely an isolated island people, dislocated from the wider world, but we were close. Just 20 years earlier we had even been in a different time zone to Britain. The advent of our national carrier was a game changer, for those who could afford it. They were just a few, but they meant business.