Tuesday, January 30, 2007

School of Hard Knocks

Thanks, once again to Dublin Opinion for this one, regarding the dashing of Ulick McEvaddy's hopes of turning Knock Airport into Mayo's very own Airstrip One. Ulick, you may recall, claimed a couple of weeks back that he was open to allowing US military flights refuel at the airport, while at the same time remaining reticent about his own lucrative impending contracts with the US Navy. According to a news report from the Mayo News, Mr Liam Scollan, CEO of the airport has stated that military flights will not be considered under any circumstances; indeed Mr Scollan said, in greater detail that 'we would not see serving military flights which do not have the support of the UN as consistent with the policy and aims of Ireland West Airport. We would have ethical problems and we wanted to make an unequivocal statement to people to say that we do not ever intend to handle those flights.' An admirable outbreak of backbone among Irish administration, something which has not been seen for some years now.

Knock will however be handling transatlantic flights soon enough, and Deppity John Perry from across the border in County Sligo, is claiming that he is responsible for this development, having bent the air of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the visit of the Big Cheese (and big supporter of the Iraq war) to Seanachie's homestead of Ballymote, County Sligo last summer. Well, he would, wouldn't he?

4 comments:

Donagh said...

I have a confession now. I meant to nominate you in the Best Newcomer category for the Irish Blog Awards, but never got round to it. Nominations are closed now, but hopefully someone else nominated you, you know, for your sheer pluck and consistency, and I'll be able to vote for you when the real deal begins. As Elvis C sings 'I'm just a man who's intentions are good...'. Intentions are not good enough tho'.

seanachie said...

No worries Donagh, I was equally remiss in nominating others though there were a few, including DubOp that I would have like to have given a nod to. Anyway Seanachie's not in it for the glory, the taking part's what counts, as they used to say in the Community Games.

rorebhoy said...

"taking part that counts"...how does that explain your gut busting runs in the U-12 soccer against St Peters - famous for our one sub going AWOL in Athlone on hearing he was on his lonesome on the bench.

So get a new passport yet?

seanachie said...

Are you talking about the Declan Underwood there? That game was lost from the start; I blame the pre-match diet of digestive biscuits and milk. Still Athlone was a bit of a holiday at that advanced stage of July. Things were a lot simpler in 87...