World’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in…

first_img TAGScollectionhobbymodel aircraft displayShannonShannon airport Previous articleNew jobs to come from expansion at Rigid ContainersNext articleESB partnership to transform Shannon into low carbon airport Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] WhatsApp NewsCommunityVideoWorld’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in ShannonBy Cian Reinhardt – July 3, 2018 5896 Facebook Twitter Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Linkedin Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding The world’s largest collection of model aircraft has gone on permanent show in the most appropriate home possible for it – the very airport where the obsession began for a collector to purchase 1,500 plus specialist diecast models.Farranshone, Limerick man Michael Kelly (67) has put his incredible aircraft collection on view in Shannon over six decades after his preoccupation with aircraft as a young boy began there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The collection, which the retired fitter/plumber began assembling from his mid-teens and spent €25,000 each year on at its peak, outgrew his old farmhouse home just 400m from the River Shannon but has found a new one at Shannon Airport. It will be officially opened in the autumn but is already on display and getting huge attention from passengers as they marvel at the vastness and uniqueness of the permanent exhibition.The collection, which is housed in display units in a dedicated gallery area just off the departures lounge, includes every popular aircraft to have flown as well as many lesser well known, right up to modern day versions.All aircraft are 1:200 in scale and among the better known ones are a range of Concordes that perfected take-off ability at Shannon; the Sunderland aircraft owned by Al Capone from the 1930s; the world’s largest aircraft to fly commercially, the Antonov, which has also transited Shannon; the largest aircraft never to fly, the Spruce Goose of the Hughes Aircraft Company owned by ‘the Aviator’, Howard Hughes; the first Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft; the full Aer Lingus collection from its beginnings and much, much more.For aviation enthusiasts there’s also the likes of Michael’s own favourite, the VC 10, an aircraft that captivated imaginations when it came out in the 1960s; the Russian Ilyushin 62, which hubbed in Shannon, and Yaks;  the Hercules, Lockheed Electra and TriStar; and the British royal’s ‘Queen’s Flight’ BAE 146.Explaining the long journey that led to the collection, Michael recalled:  “It started back when I was a little boy. My Dad, God rest him, used to bring me to Shannon Airport. When I saw aircraft I just fell in love with them. Whatever was between the airplanes and I, it was just magic.“I’d be always talking about airplanes. I never stopped babbling on at home about them. I’d be at home playing with my ball and I might be lucky enough to hear a Viscount in the sky and, of course, that would blow my mind. And I do everything, I’d nearly try pull back the clouds to see them.”The young boy’s early infatuation with aviation never abated and, with no model aircraft shop available in Ireland, he made his first trip to the UK when he was 16.“Dad gave me the money to go to this lovely man in Wales. That was the beginning of my real journey. He (model aircraft dealer) had so many beautiful planes and I was amazed. He said to me, ‘you’re very brave little boy to come here, I’ll send the planes onto Ireland and your dad can pay me when he has the money’. That was the beginning.”However, it was when Michael was put in touch with a world-wide, exclusive dealer of model aircraft based out of a hotel at Heathrow Airport that his pursuit really took off.  “I was told, if you get in with this guy, he will get you anything.  So, I headed over to this man, Nigel Milton Tompkins, with £10,000 Irish punts at the time in my pocket in ‘84.  It was huge money that I had saved, mad money.  But I was working hard and I was making money.“I took 17 planes on the day.  That’s how I kind of broke the mould. I was taken under the wing completely within a few visits. I was able to hit Heathrow then, at least once every six weeks every time. I had this airport (Shannon) wore out. Over the period of time when I look back on my accounts I would have spent about €25,000 a year, over 20 years. I spent a luxury house on it.  I live in an old restored farmhouse in Limerick city and we built a room then off the house, 65ft long, to put all my models out there on a display.”More and more people heard about what he had assembled and, ultimately, the reality dawned that it was far too important a collection not to be public.  A quick meeting with Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport’s Director of Operations and an agreement was reached to relocate it to a designated gallery area airside, just off the departures lounge.Said Niall:  “I’d heard from colleagues about this collection in a house in Limerick and, of course, about Michael and was advised to go see it.  When you walked in through the front door, there was planes left of me, there was planes right of me, there was planes in front of me. They were everywhere. It was an aviation-enthusiast’s heaven.“Over a number of engagements with Michael we discussed what could be done.  It’s a wonderful collection and deserves to be seen by the public. We were only happy that we could bring it here to Shannon with his goodwill.”The Shannon Operations Director said Michael’s passion for his aircraft is infectious.  “Once you meet Michael his enthusiasm, his knowledge of all these planes comes across instantly. He knows every aircraft type, has all the history behind where these aircraft were, where they were flown, who they’ve flown.  This is the world’s largest diecast model collection in the world.  We’re just delighted, with Michael’s goodwill, that it’s based here now in Shannon.”The gallery is, he explained, the latest manifestation of the extra mile Shannon goes to in order to make the airport customer friendly.  “Shannon is more than an airport and one thing we are quite strong in Shannon is what you do with your time when you’re here with us. We are working all the time on become as stress-free as possible. We’re the first European airport to have a sensory room in place, we have a unique historical picture collection here of the famous people who came through this airport.  We want Shannon to be a place where people can spend time effortlessly.”Looking back on his journey, Michael said: “I don’t regret a bit of it. It was a very hard journey that I absolutely adored. No regrets. I’m chuffed that they’re in Shannon now. It’s a job well done as far as I’m concerned now. I feel now personally that it’s a great achievement.” Print Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

Bruce hopes to see best of Aluko

first_img “He’s one you enjoy watching because he’s a bit different.” Alan Irvine insists he does not fear the West Brom axe after meeting with chairman Jeremy Peace. The Baggies head coach has thanked Peace for his support as he comes under increasing pressure from supporters. Albion have lost their last four games and Irvine is favourite for the sack with some bookies but, after talking with Peace, remains unconcerned. “I spoke to the chairman after training but not about that and he didn’t speak to me about that,” he said. “He was great. I went to see him about a completely different matter. “We spent 15 minutes just chatting over different things and he was great, as he has been all of the time. “I’m really grateful for the support he’s given me. “I understand the way things are in this job. There’s a short-term culture nowadays and, if it’s not Alan Pardew getting stick, as he was six or seven weeks ago, it’s somebody else. “If it’s me at this time, hopefully I will be able to get to the situation Alan is in because it wasn’t that long ago I was at Stoke hearing people calling for his head. “They are such fine margins. We are not too far away from getting good results. “I don’t think anybody who has been at the last two games can think we are miles away from getting a good result. “We need some goals.” Captain Chris Brunt is out of the trip with a hamstring injury. The skipper limped off after making a tackle in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham, although Irvine is hopeful he will return next week. James Morrison (illness) and Sebastien Pocognoli (dead leg) are back but Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is out and Claudio Yacob serves the final game of a ban. Press Association Hull manager Steve Bruce is hoping fans will soon be able to see the real Sone Aluko make his mark on the Barclays Premier League. The Nigeria international was arguably the club’s best player in the first half of their 2012-13 promotion campaign before missing the rest of the season with an Achilles injury. Last term was equally frustrating, with his Achilles this time ruling him out for almost four months from October. But Bruce has never lost faith in a player he first worked with as a teenager at Birmingham, and has been desperate to see him back to form and fitness. He was handed a chance from the bench against Everton on Tuesday night, courtesy of the knee injury that is likely to sideline Mohamed Diame until the new year, and his response suggested Bruce’s wish could be about to come true. Aluko scored a fine leveller and excelled in support of Nikica Jelavic, who might have won it for Hull had his finish matched Aluko’s set-up. “I was delighted for Sone,” said Bruce, who is likely to hand him only a second Premier League start of the season against West Brom on Saturday. “When I first arrived a couple of years ago he was the outstanding player in the Championship. Unfortunately he damaged his Achilles so badly he missed all the rest of that season and even last year was stop-start. “In my experience when you’ve had serious injuries and been out for a year it can take you as long again to be really, really back to being that comfortable. That especially goes if you play like Sone, who is all about twisting and turning and moving. “But I’m delighted because he’s worked extremely hard and stuck at it. I pulled him aside before the Everton game and said he was very unlucky not to start because he did very well as a sub at Old Trafford, which is a good sign. “I know he’s looking forward to the challenge of playing week-in, week-out in the Premier League because he’s been blighted by injury. Let’s just hope he has a bit of luck because he is a very talented player. last_img read more

Pochettino hails retiring Friedel

first_img After a career spanning three decades, the the American, who turns 44 on Monday, is at last calling time on his playing career, 17 years after first arriving in England. The former Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa goalkeeper is this summer hanging up his gloves and returning to the United States, where he will become an analyst, pundit and co-commentator for Fox Sports as well as Tottenham’s club ambassador there. Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on the retiring Brad Friedel, but the Tottenham head coach suggested there was unlikely to be a sentimental final appearance for the veteran goalkeeper. Friedel, capped 82 times at international level, may not have managed a single minute since Pochettino arrived as head coach last summer, yet the Argentinian only had praise for the outgoing keeper. “It’s a very special moment for him,” he said. “It’s been a real pleasure to work with him and to know him because he’s a top man, a top professional and it was fantastic to spend time with him this season. “It’s not easy at 44, but all his career he was very professional, he was one of the best keepers in England. “I think he’s crossed the line now because he wants to, not because his body says, ‘I cannot play any more’. He’s in a very good level in his physical condition.” Friedel may not have made it off the bench this season, but the news of his retirement has brought with it an understandable clamour from some for him to get a final run-out at Spurs. Saturday’s match against embattled Hull and the trip to Everton are the only opportunities remaining, but Pochettino indicated the American might not get a farewell game. “Maybe, you never know, in football you never know,” he said. “All players are always in my plans. It’s not easy, but you never know “Always we need to be professional. We have our emotion, but always in football you need to take a decision as a professional and we always need to show we are professional and this is the way we always take.” While Friedel is retiring, Pochettino predicted English football had not seen this last of him. The keeper has worked towards his coaching badges and the Spurs boss believes the goalkeeper would make a good manager. “Yes, why not? Brad is a very clever person and with his natural energy and his leadership he can easily manage a team in the Premier League – only if he wants to, and wants to take that way in his future,” Pochettino added. “But if he’s ready and he’s experienced – and he’s learned a lot about football in all of his career – I think it’s possible in the next few seasons he can manage and work in football.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

first_imgMessi scored four goals as Argentina reached the final in Brazil, but he cut a peripheral figure in the latter stages as his side finished runners-up to Germany following a 1-0 defeat after extra time.Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986 with Diego Maradona inspiring the country to a second title. In Russia, they will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.Share on: WhatsApp Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament.“We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in the same situation four years ago when he arrived exhausted at the World Cup (in Brazil),” Sampaoli said at a news conference.The former Chile and Sevilla coach added the goal was to ensure that Messi “makes the most of his rest periods to arrive (in Russia) at the top of his physical and mental form”.last_img read more