On January 22nd 2014 I had the privilege of being invited, as a result of my participation as a historian, to attend the World Premiere of “Pioneers and Aviators, A Century of Irish Aviation,” a documentary commissioned and hosted by Avolon – the international aircraft leasing group. The event took place in the Irish National Concert Hall, Dublin. The film was introduced by Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The premiere was also attended by State dignitaries including Uachtarán na hÉireann (President of Ireland), Michael D Higgins.
I am really excited about this film as for the last fourteen years I have been working towards the promotion and preservation of Irish aviation history and heritage. The director Alan Gilsenan and his production team interviewed me in the Air Corps Museum and also requested my help with the provision of sources and historical information on the early days of Air Corps and Civil aviation history They also filmed much of the collection. It was funny to see my face and hear my voice on the big screen in the company of many of the leading lights of the Irish aviation industry and Dr Michael Kennedy – a very important historian (Royal Irish Academy) and friend of mine.
Pioneers and Aviators: A Documentary on Irish Aviation
The documentary was commissioned by Avolon and tells the story of the pioneering individuals whose vision, passion, successes and failures helped forge Ireland’s unique aviation landscape. The documentary charts Ireland’s aviation history, from its beginnings with the first transatlantic flight landing in the west of Ireland, through to the present day and the role Ireland and the Irish play in the global aviation industry. Avolon ‘is proud of its Irish heritage and this documentary helps showcase the aviation industry in Ireland and the continuing success of Irish companies and individuals in the global aviation industry.’ The documentary will be broadcast on television by RTÉ, Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster, as a two part series on the 20th and 27th February 2014; both at 10.15pm.
Original date was February 13th, but it’s now pushed to the 20th.
Director: Alan Gilsenan
The documentary was written and directed by Alan Gilsenan, an award winning Irish film-maker, writer and theatre director. His work has appeared on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, RTÉ, the History Channel and CNBC among others. Alan is currently a member of the Board of RTÉ. He has previously held positions on the Irish Film Board, the Irish Film Institute and Film-Makers Ireland.
Score: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
The score for the film was composed by the renowned composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin who also created an original overture which was performed at the event by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
See photo’s and video clip at bottom of link below
Image and information taken from http://www.avolon.aero/pressrelease/2014/pressRelease_pioneerAndAviators.htm