Aran islanders left flying in the face of adversity
Wayne O'Connor hears of Inis Mór residents' fears as their vital airplane service is replaced by helicopter link that could add 52km to their journey
The hunt for All-Ireland tickets was in full swing in Galway this week but for residents on the Aran Islands, the golden ticket in future could be one of eight seats on a daily air service to the mainland.
Locals are reeling after the Government made plans to replace the current plane link between the islands and Galway's coast with a helicopter service.
Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh's announcement that the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract will go to a helicopter company also means inconveniencing locals who would be diverted to another airport 52km out of their way.