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 18th February 2010: Kathleen Tarpey, from Kiltimagh has been announced as the lucky winner of the Aer Arann/Western People Name an Aircraft competition.

Muire Aircraft

Pictured alongside the chosen aircraft name Muire is competition winner Kathleen Tarpey from Kiltimagh. Also pictured is Aer Arann Captain Paul Beare and Cabin attendant Shauna Ebbs.

 When Aer Arann decided to christen its entire fleet of aircraft it called on local people in towns and cities throughout the country to do the honours and name the aircraft for them. Entrants were asked to choose a name that they felt reflected Aer Arann and, in this case, Knock and Ireland-West airport, in the best possible way.

Ms. Tarpey chose the name Muire, which is the Irish translation of Mary, Our Lady. The name represents both symbolic and physical features in the area from the shrine of Our Lady of Knock to Chnoc Mhuire the Irish translation of the town of Knock where Ireland West airport is located. The judges felt that this representation along with the strong Irish roots in which Aer Arann is embedded, made the name Muire the perfect choice of name for a local aircraft.

Both the winning name and the local meaning of that name are now featured on one of Aer Arann’s ATR type aircraft and can regularly be seen by passengers as it passes through Ireland-West airport.

Ms. Tarpey was given the opportunity to see her chosen name up close on the Aer Arann aircraft at a dedicated photoshoot this week to mark the occasion.

Aer Arann offers daily flights direct from Ireland-West Airport to Dublin.

Check out for all further information on Aer Arann routes and services including free airport check in, free baggage allowance up to 15kg, free online check in for carry on luggage and more!

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