Couple on cloud nine after aerial proposal lifts hearts at Bray Air Show
Love was definitely in the air when an aviation fan used an aeroplane and an aerial banner to propose to his girlfriend.
Noel Canavan (27) popped the question to his long-term girlfriend Ciara Kavanagh before the start of the Bray Air Show yesterday.
The 'Will you marry me?' banner was towed behind the aircraft to the delight of the huge crowd.
As the airborne proposal flew along Bray seafront, Ciara (27), a beauty therapist from Arklow, Co Wicklow, answered with a resounding "Yes" to Noel's dramatic marriage proposal. Noel works for a pharmaceutical company and is also from Arklow.
The couple have been going out for nine years and have been friends since childhood. They go to the Bray Air Show every year.
To toast the moment, Martina McDermott, head of marketing at CityJet, presented the couple with flight tickets to Paris and a bottle of champagne.
The director of Bray Air Show, Se Pardy, of Simtech Aviation, planned the logistics around the aerial proposal.
"When Noel approached us with his romantic idea for the proposal, we were more than happy to help," he said.
"It was a wonderful aerial surprise for Ciara and on the
air show's tenth anniversary, we were able to make the event extra special for them both," he said.
"All of us here at the Bray Air Show and Bray Summerfest wish Noel and Ciara the very best for their future together, and it goes to show that love is definitely in the air," he added.
Meanwhile, the Swiss Air Force aerobatic team, 'Patrouille Suisse' made their eagerly-awaited Irish debut, completing manoeuvres such as 'Gear Down Barrel Rolls' and the 'Painted Heart' - all at speeds of between 250 and 1100kph.
A father and son duo also took to the skies.
Limerick- based Gerry Humphreys, a former RAF pilot and organic beef farmer, commanded a specially painted 'Flying Cow' aircraft, while his son, Harry (21), piloted a 1940s 'Mini-Mig' vintage aircraft.
The Irish Air Corps performed a series of aerial displays, while the defence Force's Black Knights performed a parachute jump to record crowds of 90,000 people.