Boeing celebrates 50 years of flight for the 747 with photos

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Boeing published this story to celebrate 50 years of Boeing 747 flying:

Every day millions of people fly, it is an accepted way of life – but that has not always been the case. From the early days of commercial aviation, flying was limited to business travelers and those with the means to purchase the very expensive tickets.

Destinations were also limited requiring a number of connections to fly between major cities. In 1969, that all changed as an incredible invention was revealed to the world. On Feb. 9, 1969, the Boeing 747, called the “Super Jet,” and dubbed the “Jumbo Jet” by the press took to the skies for the first time. To those whom have loved the plane through the years she is the “Queen of the Skies.”


The 747 quickly became the icon of commercial aviation. The 747 was postage stamp famous, an icon of pop…

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“Hearts are full and Ireland is open” Tourism Ireland’s 2019 message to the world


The Irish Minister of State for Tourism and Sports Brendan Griffin was in New York last week for the launch of Tourism Ireland’s new 2019 global advertising campaign.

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Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons, Minister Brendan Griffin, Aer Lingus North American head Bill Byrne, Tourism Ireland Executive VP Alison Metcalfe in New York.

Fill Your Heart With Ireland is Tourism Ireland’s new advertising message to the world, and on Tuesday, January 29 at a ceremony attended by travel writers and media professionals, Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons and Executive Vice President for North America Alison Metcalfe launched the new campaign to a packed house at the Hearst Tower.

Speaking before the official launch, Minister Griffin’s message was dynamic.

“The message is Ireland is very much open for business in terms of being a top destination to visit in 2019,” he said.

“We’ve had extremely positive success from our North American market over the…

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This Irish hero still receives Valentine’s Day cards 97 years after his death.


Michael Collins ‘The Big Fella’ still receives Valentines at his grave in Glasnevin Cemetary almost a century after his death.

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Michael Collins is still feeling the love of the Irish people 97 years after his death. The Big Fella, buried in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, still receives gifts every year on Valentine’s Day.

Collins was only 31 years old when he was assassinated in an ambush at Beal na Blath , County Cork in 1922. Having had his life cut short, the Irish rebel and politician was never given the chance to marry his one true love and fiancee, Kitty Kiernan.

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Nearly a century after his death, Collins is still worshipped as a hero and his grave is bestowed with trinkets every year on Valentins’s Day.

The late historian Shane Mac Thomais, of Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, said the cards were noticed when the museum opened in 2010 but Collins may have been getting…

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Celtic Languages

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘Celtic’ is a linguistic term (pronounced with a hard ‘c’) which describes a group of languages nowadays represented by Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx, which belong to the ‘q’ Celtic group, and Welsh, Breton and Cornish, which make up the ‘p’ Celtic group.

The ‘q’ Celts could not pronounce ‘p’ and so either dropped it completely (pater in Latin, meaning ‘father’, is athair in modern Irish) or changed it to a ‘q’ type sound, thus purpura in Latin, meaning ‘purple’, is corcora in Irish.

Speakers of Irish can understand Scots Gaelic without much difficulty, but will not be able to understand Welsh or Breton at all, as the two groups of languages have been developing separately for over 2,000 years.

The Celtic insular languages are mostly those spoken on the islands, typically Britain, Ireland, Man and part of France. The Insular languages are divided into two branches, the Goidelic and…

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The Feast Day of St Brigid | Imbolc | The traditional first day of Spring in Ireland.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

St Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland (c. 451-525) is one of Ireland’s patron saints along with Saints Patrick and Colm Cille. Her feast day is 1 February or Imbolc, the traditional first day of spring in Ireland. She is believed to have been an Irish Christian nun, abbess, and founder of several convents.

Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. At Imbolc, Brigid’s crosses were made and a doll-like figure of Brigid, called a Brídeóg, would be paraded from house-to-house. Brigid was said to visit one’s home at Imbolc. To receive her blessings, people would make a bed…

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‘IRELAND’S CALL’ (Iconic Irish Anthem)



‘IRELAND’S CALL’ is a song played and sung by the Republic of Ireland Rugby Team before International Games. It was commissioned by the Irish Rugby Football Union for the 1995 World Cup and has since replaced the official Irish National Anthem: Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier’s Song).

The song was written by Phil Coulter in 1995. He said he composed it because he loved hearing a combination of Irish accents singing together.

It was first broadcast simultaneously on the ‘Kelly’ show in Northern Ireland and ‘The Late Late Show’ in the Republic, sung by Andrew Strong accompanied by the Portadown Male Voice Choir. Here is my favourite version performed by Phil Coulter’s own band: ‘Celtic Thunder’

The Ireland national rugby union team represents the whole island of Ireland in rugby union. They are ranked second in the world by World Rugby as of 19 November 2018. The team competes annually in the Six…

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The Boeing 747 turns 50, the “Queen of the Skies”

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On September 30, 1968 Boeing displayed to the public for the first time the first prototype of the Boeing 747-100 when it was rolled out of the new Paine Field facility at Everett, WA (above). Photo: Boeing.

The first flight was successfully conducted on February 9, 1969.

On January 15, 1970, Pat Nixon, the First Lady of the United States, christened Pan Am’s first Boeing 747-100.

The first Pan Am Boeing 747-100 entered revenue service on January 22, 1970, on the New York (JFK) – London (Heathrow) route. The flight had been scheduled for the previous evening on January 21, but engine overheating cancelled the originally scheduled inaugural flight.

Above Copyright Photo: Pan Am (1st) Boeing 747-121 N748PA (msn 19652) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 102101.

Pan Am aircraft slide show:

Joe Sutter was recognized by Boeing as the “Father of the 747”. On his passing in 2016, Boeing issued this tribute:

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