Saturday 20 January 2018

Runway musicians would be honoured to play an encore

US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Ralph Riegel and Gordon Deegan

The red carpet will be rolled out again for 'The Donald' as the Republican US presidential candidate pays a whistle-stop visit in two weeks' time.

Billionaire Donald Trump will visit his Doonbeg golf course in Clare, which he purchased three years ago for €15m.

The string trio that made world headlines two years ago after being asked to play for Mr Trump on the Shannon Airport runway - despite the bellowing noise of Boeing 757 engines - said they would be "delighted and honoured" to play for him again.

Affiniti became an internet sensation after photographs emerged of the three female musicians running across the runway in formal red dresses - after they had been given 90 seconds to get into position to play for Mr Trump.

Aisling Ennis of Affiniti said it was a hugely memorable event for herself and fellow group members, Mary McCague and Emer Barry.

The Boeing 757 that arrived at Shannon in 2014 was dubbed 'Trump One' as the property mogul and TV star was already touting a presidential bid.

"It would be hard enough for a full brass band to compete with the engine of a jumbo jet, let alone musicians with harps and violins," Aisling said.

"He listened carefully to our full recital and made a point, once it was over, of coming over to us, shaking our hands and thanking us for how we had played.

"He was very gracious towards us."

Doonbeg restaurant owner Caroline Kennedy said she hoped the Trump visit would do for west Clare what US President Barack Obama's visit did for Moneygall.

"I think Mr Trump is going to get a great welcome. He is putting great money into the area," the Igoe Inn owner said.

Irish Independent

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