Laois Aviation Pioneer Honoured

Laois Aviation Pioneer Honoured

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Colonel James Fitzmaurice, Irish aviation pioneer and former Commandant of the Irish Air Corps.

Fitzmaurice was a key crew member on the first transatlantic aircraft flight from East to West. He spent much of his childhood in Portlaoise and was educated in the CBS in the town.

To mark the anniversary a talk will be given by Michael Whelan, Curator of the Irish Air Corps Museum, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th September in O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Portlaoise.

The event will also be marked by a wreath-laying at 12.30pm on Sunday 27th September. Following the UN Veteran’s Annual Remembrance Ceremony at Millpark, the UN Veterans and representatives of the Irish Air Corps will march to Fitzmaurice Place, where two wreaths will be laid at the Fitzmaurice Memorial.