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Ireland West Airport to celebrate 30th anniversary with a Live Gala Concert at the airport on May 27th 2016

Ireland West Airport are delighted to announce a very special Live Gala Concert will take place in the airports terminal building on Friday 27th May 2016 to mark the 30th anniversary of the official opening of the airport.

The concert, which will be staged in partnership with Mid West Radio, is a night not to be missed as we celebrate and look back over 30 years of memories and nostalgia at the airport the critics said ‘should never have been built’.

It promises to be a blockbuster night of entertainment featuring musical performances from some household names including Tommy Fleming, Gerry Carney and the fantastic Rejoice Gospel Choir, who will perform a melody of songs which featured in the wonderful 2010 musical ‘On a Wing and Prayer’. 

On the night we will take a journey back through time as we chat with some familiar faces such as Padraig Flynn, Terry Reilly and Willie Joe Padden as they recall their memories of the airport over the last 30 years, providing some fascinating insights and never before told stories of how a west of Ireland priest convinced the Irish government to build an airport in the middle of a disadvantaged, depopulated region in East Mayo, at a time when the country was in dire financial straits and how 30 years on is set to have a record high of almost 750,000 passengers use the airport. Some very special tributes will also be showcased throughout the evening from well known faces such as Christy Moore, Michael O Leary and many more.

Tickets go on sale Monday 25th April costing €15 and are available by contacting Mid West Radio on 0818 300055 or (094) 9630169. Tickets will also be available in Bargain Box Charlestown, Co. Mayo and also on sale in the shops and restaurants at Ireland West Airport. All proceeds from the evening will go to our three nominated charities for 2016 which are Cancer Care West, MS Ireland and Pieta House. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Joe Gilmore, Managing Director Ireland West Airport, said “We are delighted to announce this special Gala Concert for Friday 27th May as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the official opening of the airport.  It promises to be an unforgettable night of music and nostalgia with a fantastic line up of performers and speakers. Spread the word, tell your friends about the show and join in the celebrations as we mark a significant milestone in the airports history”.