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Monday 19 February 2018

Residents angry over 'noisy' skydive airfield

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

LOCAL residents fed up with the constant drone of low-flying aircraft are demanding that a skydiving firm bails out.

About 300 residents in the Silvermines and Capparoe areas of north Co Tipperary will meet officials of the Irish Aviation Authority next week to oppose Skydive Ireland's operations at the Erinagh Airfield near Nenagh.

They claim the airfield -- which attracts hundreds of thrill-seekers each year -- is operating without planning permission and has been a constant source of noise since it opened in 2006.

The residents have now formed an action group to oppose the adventure company's plans to seek planning permission to extend its business.

The facility's owner Tim Hanly was sent a warning letter from North Tipperary County Council a fortnight ago advising him that the airfield may not be authorised.

A spokesman for the centre said he hoped to address residents' concerns at the public meeting in Nenagh on Tuesday night. He added that most of the centre's clients are people doing parachute jumps for charity.

Irish Independent

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