Friday 23 August 2019

Lovin' summer: From air shows ... to scarecrows

Fun in the sun: Camden Glynn (6), from Kilnamanagh, at the Bray Air Display. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Fun in the sun: Camden Glynn (6), from Kilnamanagh, at the Bray Air Display. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
The Bray Air Display. Photo: Arthur Carron
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Tens of thousands of thrill-seekers lined the seafront in Bray for the town's annual Air Display.

The cloudless sky made it an ideal day for the air show, which saw the Co Wicklow town crammed with aircraft enthusiasts of all ages.

Many arrived early to get a good vantage point on the beach - and they were not disappointed, with dazzling aerobatic displays by some of the best pilots from Ireland, the UK and even as far afield as Jordan.

"The weather certainly didn't let us down and was the perfect backdrop to another spectacular aerobatics display," said show director Se Pardy.

"Pilots and aerobatic teams love performing in Bray, thanks to the carnival atmosphere and spectacular backdrop of sand, sea and Bray Head."

Highlights included a special formation display of an Aer Lingus A320 and the Irish Air Corps' Pilatus PC9 aircraft.

The Defence Forces' Black Knights Parachute Team and the Irish Parachute Club also held their nerve, jumping from 5,000 feet on to the Bray shoreline.

Formation displays by the Ravens and the Royal Jordanian Falcons - including fly-pasts and cross-overs only metres apart - showed teamwork at its very best.

‘The Beatles – Abbey Road’ at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Co Laois. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
‘The Beatles – Abbey Road’ at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Co Laois. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Scarecrows titled ‘Maria Bale-y’at the 10th Durrow Scarecrow Festival, in Durrow, Co. Laois. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Meanwhile, there was more carnival fun at the annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival, where a scarecrow depicting Boris Johnson in a public toilet was one of the more unusual displays.

Another scarecrow depicting Mr Johnson facing the US president was entitled, 'The spitting image of each other'.

In previous years, the festival has featured US President Donald Trump and last year a depiction of the Pope in his popemobile ahead of his visit to the Republic won joint first prize.

The festival is known for its topical subject matter.

Festivals around the country enjoyed warm, sunny weather and the good news from Met Éireann is that the warm weather is here to stay.

This week will see mostly dry conditions and temperatures in the 20s.

Forecaster John Eagleton said while there will be some showers, there will still be plenty of sunshine.

"It will be predominantly dry over the next 10 days. Temperatures will be normal or slightly above average, hitting the low 20s," he said.

"It's a pretty good sum of weather as we head into the height of the holiday season. Not perfect, but in Ireland it never is."

However, he said that tonight, tomorrow and into Wednesday will not be fully dry.

"We're expecting bits of rain.

"It will be fairly warm, not exceptionally warm, with temperatures remaining in the low 20s," he said.

"As we head into next week's bank holiday weekend, it will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain."

Irish Independent

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