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Lough Erne Yacht Club on the Lower Lough is situated about six miles north of Enniskillen on Goblusk Bay and occupies a former WW2 RAF site built in 1941 for Catalina Flying Boats. It has the enviable facility of being able to use the former slipway, moorings and hangar for members' sailing boats, power boats and caravans. The hangar provides unique winter storage for boats of all sizes.

Seaplane on Lough Erne

The history surrounding the Sunderlands and Catalinas stationed at Castle Archdale on Lough Erne and particularly the tenders which serviced them during the war is understood to be part of BBC 1 NI Newsline at 1810 hrs tonight (2nd).

In a post on the BBC NI App Louise Cullen writes about two Fermanagh men who have made models of the seaplane tenders; Seamus Gormley, a retired builder and Fred Ternan of Lough Erne Heritage. She also talks to one of the last pilots of the tenders, Alan Henson who was stationed at Castle Archdale in the mid Fifties.

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#Seaplane - Almost 80 years after Charles Lindbergh considered the idea of a seaplane base in Galway Harbour, a Clare-based company has held its first test flight out of the city for a proposed new seaplane service, as RTÉ News reports.

The Cessna 206 was flown to and from the harbour yesterday (5 September) by Mountshannon-based Harbour Flights, which hopes to establish a permanent pontoon in the docks to run scenic excursions around Lough Derg and further along the west coast region next year.

It's also hoped that the tourist flights would pave the way for an Aran Islands commuter service, and an eventual Galway to Dublin route.

The plans come three years after Ireland's first ever commercial seaplane service ran its first test flights out of Cork Harbour.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

Published in Galway Harbour
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A test flight for Ireland's first seaplane service took place in Cork Harbour on Friday afternoon. Harbour Flights Ireland has applied for planning permission to set up a landing base in Cobh to run its service having already acquired flight rights at Mountshannon, Co Clare. Test flights ran on Harbour Flights' four-seater plane. The Irish Times has a full report HERE. The company website is HERE.
Published in Cork Harbour

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