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Tramore Remembers Brave Irish Air Corps Helicopter Crew

The 2nd of July 1999 will always stand out in our minds as the saddest day of Tramore’s recent history.

On that day in 1999, the Co. Waterford coast was shrouded in dense fog, just as it has been for much of that week, and the four-man crew of the Irish Air Corps’ Helicopter RESCUE 111 were tragically killed when they crashed into the sand dunes of Tramore Beach as they attempted to land at nearby Waterford Airport.

A monument commemorating the brave crew is a fundamental part of Tramore’s Promenade , Often adorned with flowers as the town remembers the bravest of brave men who were killed that evening.

The four who died were so young and from different parts of the country:

Sgt. Patrick Mooney, Stamullen, Co. Meath ~ aged 34 years

Capt. Dave O’ Flaherty, Tullamore, Co. Offaly ~ aged 30 years

Capt. Michael Baker, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford ~ aged 28 years

Cpl. Niall Byrne, Killiney, Co. Dublin ~ aged 25 years

As the inscription on the monument states, the men had successfully assisted in the rescue of five people in the heavy fog before tragedy befell them. They lost their lives fulfilling their Unit’s motto, ‘Go Mairidis Beo’ ( That others may live.)

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