Wednesday 22 November 2017

Love is in the air with a sky-high wedding proposal

Noel Canavan and Ciara Kavanagh from Arklow, who got engaged
Noel Canavan and Ciara Kavanagh from Arklow, who got engaged
Noel Canavan pops the question to long-term girlfriend Ciara Kavanagh (both from Arklow, Co. Wickow) via a flying sign during the Bray Air Display as part of the Bray Summerfest in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
Patrouille Suisse, the Swiss air force aerobatic team, performing during the Bray Air Display in Co Wicklow yesterday
Robbie Redmond in the Boeing Starman
Sakinah Brennan, from Laois, salutes at the festival in Bray yesterday. Photo: Joe Keogh
Stephen Reilly (11) and his brother Daniel (7) before they took to the skies over Shannon
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Hearts soared at the 10th annual Bray Air Display when a sky-high proposal drifted across the sky.

Local man Noel Canavan decided there was no better time or place to ask childhood sweetheart Ciara Kavanagh to be his wife.

"I was completely shocked," Ciara told the Irish Independent.

"I didn't see it coming at all. Noel had to point out the plane and the banner to me. Then he got down on one knee and it was all a blur of tears."


A record number of 90,000 spectators made their way to Bray seafront to watch airplanes perform death-defying stunts such as the 'hammerhead' and the 'flirt'.

Singer Chris de Burgh and US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley were among the skyward-gazing crowd.

The Swiss Air Force acrobatic team, known as Patrouille Suisse, made their festival debut showcasing the supersonic Tiger aircraft.

A restored 1930s Aer Lingus 'Iolar' circled above the crowds and there was a gasp when Black Knights Defence Forces performed a parachute jump out of an Air Corps helicopter at 4,000 feet.

Meanwhile, at the Shannon Air Display, schoolboy Stephen Reilly (11) from Eyrecourt, Co Galway was flying high after taking a VIP helicopter ride over the town.

Stephen has battled with osteosarcoma - an aggressive form of bone cancer - from the age of six and the flight was a welcome respite for the whole family.

"He has been through an awful lot over the past six years, more than you could imagine," his father Michael said. "He has undergone chemotherapy and had his leg amputated in 2013, but he has been unbelievably brave.

"It was just great to know he was having such a fantastic day after all he has been through."

The Air Display show is held to mark the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight to Shannon.

Irish Independent

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