The sky gods of a vanished age

The sky gods of a vanished age
Captain John Alcock stowing provisions aboard his Vickers in June 1919

The importance of aviation to Ireland’s social and cultural history is well documented in a lavishly illustrated new hardback.

The new, beautifully produced hardback book A Century of Irish Aviation Pioneers and Aviators is definitely not just a coffee-table extravaganza for aeroplane buffs.

Yes, it’s full of pictures of strange and interesting aircraft to set the planespotter’s pulse racing. But it also captures wonderfully the wider Irish historic and cultural context into which these magnificent machines and their heroic, sometimes tragic, pilots flew.

A breathtaking aerial shot from 1954 shows an impressive...

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