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Plane sailing: Boeing 767 begins journey to new home at Sligo glamping site

Undertaker David McGowan plans to use the plane as the centrepiece of a new transport-themed campsite.

A MAYO UNDERTAKER’S ambitious plan to move a disused Boeing 767 from Shannon to a new glamping site in Co Sligo remains on schedule.

The aircraft, shorn of its wings, got under way on its voyage out of the Shannon Estuary today.

“She’s on the next stage of it,” David McGowan told Today FM’s Anton Savage Show earlier, explaining that the barge had been floated at 5.30am.

Facebook posts from later in the day showed the barge continuing its journey, in fine weather conditions.

“We’re all in good form here,” McGowan said.

The concept is now starting to become a reality.

McGowan’s plan had been a little up in the air last week as he struggled to find a tug-boat to bring the 159-foot plane to Enniscrone.

It’s planned that the Quirky Nights Glamping Village will feature various modes of transportation turned into camping accommodation – the attraction will also feature buses, taxis and a train.


The Boeing 767 was originally owned by Russian airline Transaero and was bought from Shannon Airport for €20,000.

Over the weekend it was loaded up on an articulated truck and brought to nearby Knockbeg Point. The unusual journey is expected to end at Enniscrone on Saturday.

You can track the voyage on Facebook at the Quirky Nights Glamping Village page.

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