This Sunday, Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be filled with eager spectators waiting to see homemade aircraft fly — or fall — during the Red Bull Flugtag.
The event sees 45 teams design and build “flying machines” and pilot them off the six-metre deck on Carlisle Pier and over the Dún Laoghaire Harbour. The judges assess each team on their distance, their idea and their overall performance.
A replica of “The Craggy Island Creameries Milk Float” from Father Ted, a Delorean car from Back to the Future and many other original ideas feature in this year’s competition. All of the team and their members can be found on the Flugtag website. You can even vote for your favourites!
Power of Prayer Engineering AKA Pope Mobile is based on the small vehicle used by the Pope when visiting public areas. The group is made up of five engineers.
Team member James Byrne says that they thought it was good preparation for the papal visit this August.
“Pope Francis is welcome to borrow it when we’re done.”
The group have been designing it for weeks on many different platforms including using computer simulations and computer-aided designs. They’re using aerospace grade aluminium, builders insulation and model aeroplane parts.
“We’re confident that we’ll put on a good show. Our pilot is coming in from the UK and hasn’t booked a return ticket!”
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Team SJ86 is made up of a group of volunteer medics with St. John Ambulance, an international humanitarian organisation. To honour this, they have built a model ambulance to fly off the pier.
Team member Georgina O’Neill is feeling both nervous and excited for Sunday.
She said: “I think it’s a great time for people to test themselves and have fun while creating an absolutely crazy thing which is just going to be pushed off a ramp!”
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The Flugtag last came to Dublin in 2011 to celebrate their 100th event. This year promises “more flights, fun and foolery”. The first competition was held in 1992 in Vienna and has been held every year since. It first came to Dublin in 1999.
Hector Ó Heochagáin and Síle Seoige will be the presenters on the day.
Local restaurants, cafes and shops will be open and picnics are welcome.
This is a free family event and will start at 12 pm. Its estimated to last about four and half hours.
Road closures will be in place in the area from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and public transport is encouraged.
Alcohol, pets, tents (and similar objects), barbeques and skateboards and similar items will not be permitted. See the full list at Redbull.com