Ballyboy Fly-In and Family Fun Day 2018 raises over EUR16,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland

Our 2018 Fly-in and Family Fun Day took place in excellent weather on June 3rd and saw over 1,000 visitors to the airfield by road and air enjoy a fabulous afternoon in the sunshine.  This year's event raised over EUR16,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland, bringing our total raised over the last four events to EUR50,000.

Highlights of the day included our first visit from the Irish Air Corps AW139 air ambulance helicopter which was inspected by all present. Our air display this year included Andrew Fenton in Christen Eagle 2 biplane, Farrell McGee and Mark Dwyer flying the Irish Historic Flight Foundation De Havilland Chipmunks and Eddie Goggins performing his display to music in his CAP232, all thrilling the crowd with amazing aerobatics.  The Garda Air Support Unit EC135 helicopter also visited and allowed all present to visit the aircraft. In addition we had almost 70 visiting aircraft arriving from near and far, with aircraft movements throughout the day.

There was something for everyone, with model aircraft and microlight displays, exhibitors, our famous barbecue, bouncy castles  and of course our fantastic clown James kept the children (and adults!) entertained throughout the day. 

Most importantly, once again we were supporting Down Syndrome Ireland - a fantastic charity organisation that supports people with Down Syndrome, their families and professionals in their communities.  Thanks to everyone for their continued support for this very worthy cause!


Mark O'Doherty, Head of Fundraising and Retail at Down Syndrome Ireland receiving the cheque for EUR16,020 raised at the 2018 Ballyboy Fly-in from Bernard and Margaret Cullen with Harry Magnier. 

Click here for our photo gallery of the day  (with thanks to Cormac Keane, Paddy Kilduff and Karl Donohoe for many of the photos).