Tibohine airshow to raise funds for two important charities

Pictured recently at Tibohine Flying Club was cancer survivor Isobel Cullinan. The club will host a two-day airshow this weekend in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland.

The annual Tibohine Fly-In, a staple in the flying and community calendar, will take place from 1 pm to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 26th and 27th (weather depending), with all proceeds going to the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation and Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland.

The event, run by James Morrisroe and members of the Tibohine Flying Club, has raised over €30,000 for a number of charities over the last eleven years.

“We are delighted that we can hold the Fly-In this year and raise money for our chosen charities – Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland,” James Morrisroe of the Tibohine Flying Club said.

“This year, we have teamed up with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland, as a number of children in the Frenchpark/Ballaghaderreen area have been diagnosed with cancer over the past few years. The flying community have always been hugely supportive of this event. We have worked hard to make it a safe outdoor environment for visitors, so we look forward to welcoming everyone”.

According to Martina Jennings (CEO of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation) continued community support during Covid has been vital to the organisation’s work.

“The last year has been a challenging time for charities that are trying to raise funds, but the demand for palliative care services hasn’t waned and events like this make a huge difference to the Foundation. Without this support, we could not have continued to fund the service, or be able to complete the build of our Roscommon Hospice”.

Laura Cullinan (voluntary director with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland) noted that funds raised at the Tibohine Fly-In will allow the charity to continue its work in the region.

Tibohine Airfield is located in Tibohine, not far from Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. The organisers have worked hard to ensure that social distancing procedures will be in place both for visiting pilots and visitors on the ground. Admission for spectators and families is a minimum donation of €5, all of which goes to the two chosen charities. There will be a BBQ on both days and lots of fun for all the family.