Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOGARTY

THE BRAY AIR DIS­PLAY has been named as the win­ner of the Best Fes­ti­val/Event Ex­pe­ri­ence (Large) cat­e­gory in the pres­ti­gious Ir­ish Tourism In­dus­try Awards.

The awards, known as the ‘ Tourism Os­cars’, took place last Fri­day night in the Clay­ton Ho­tel.

Min­is­ter for Tourism Shane Ross was on hand to present the Water­ford Crys­tal tro­phies to win­ners at the gala event.

‘We’re de­lighted and hon­oured that the Bray Air Dis­play has been cho­sen as the win­ner of the highly re­spected “Best Event” at this year’s Ir­ish Tourism In­dus­try Awards,’ said air dis­play di­rec­tor Mick Glynn.

‘Bray Air Dis­play is County Wicklow’s big­gest tourism event and it’s great that its sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Ir­ish tourism is recog­nised.

‘We’ve worked hard to en­sure that our event pro­vides the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors and will con­tinue to do so. It’s won­der­ful that our ef­forts have been ac­knowl­edged in this way.

‘We’d like to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us over the past 12 years. We’re over­whelmed by the love and sup­port shown to us. It’s much ap­pre­ci­ated!

‘Our sin­cere grat­i­tude to main spon­sors the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Author­ity, Wicklow County Coun­cil, Bray.ie, statu­tory bod­ies, An Garda Síochána, Civil De­fence, Or­der of Malta, par­tic­i­pat­ing air­craft, air­lines, The Ir­ish Air Corps, our part­ners and es­pe­cially our vol­un­teers who are an es­sen­tial part of the Bray Air Dis­play. This award is ded­i­cated to them. They have gone above and be­yond the call of duty to serve their com­mu­nity.

‘We look for­ward to wel­com­ing the many vis­i­tors back to Bray in July for the 12th An­nual Bray Air Dis­play.’

Ad­ju­di­ca­tion on the awards was car­ried out by an in­de­pen­dent panel of ex­perts, chaired by Mau­rice Pratt, the Chair­man of the Uniphar Group and in­clud­ing Noirin He­garty, Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor from Lonely Planet; Philip Browne, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the IRFU; Si­mon McKeever, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, the Ir­ish Ex­porters’ As­so­ci­a­tion and Mar­ian O’Gor­man, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, the Kilkenny Group.

This year’s dis­play will take place over two days, July 22 and 23, with the full lineup and events to be re­leased in the com­ing months.

The Red Ar­rows at last year’s Bray Air Dis­play.

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