Ethos of a heroic airline
Sir - As the families of the original founders of Aer Arann in 1970, we are in total agreement with the people of the Aran Islands, who want the Aer Arann service to continue as a tried and tested service that they have relied on for the last 46 years.
The ethos of the company was to be of service to the Aran people and to link them with the facilities of the mainland, particularly the medical services, to which they were entitled. The ferry service was often subject to vile weather and regularly left them stranded for days.
The main founders were Ralph Langan, a Galway businessman and fruit wholesaler, Jimmy Coen, a Galway entrepreneur and publican, and Colie Hernon, a far-seeing islander and coxswain of the Inis Mor lifeboat, who dreamed of an air service to Aran. The two men bought into Colie's dream and together they were a force to be reckoned with.