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The full history of a much ridiculed Airport in the West of Ireland, built in the 1980's by a 'simple country priest in a hurry'.
The project was derided, called a 'white elephant' and kicked fromm pillar to post, but Monsignor James Horan's resilience overcame all obstacles, and he saw his dream become a reality months before he died. His was the first coffin into the Airport he built against incredible odds. Today, Knock International Airport - now known as Ireland West Airport Knock - is a huge success, quickly heading for one million passengers a year. Today the airport employs nearly 130 people and supports about 8 jobs in the region. Total spending by inbound tourists is estimated at over €60 million, and in 2005 it paid €8.7 million to the Exchequer in Income Tax and Prsi. By 2020 the Airport, it has been predicted, will be contributing €200m annually in tourism spending and supporting between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs.
Read how an old man, fed up with neglect of the region overcame adversity and provided the region with its finest piece of infrastructure......and how it has been successfully develpoed.
On a Wing and a Prayer
- Publisher: Terry Reilly
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