Aer Lingus celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2011. As part of the celebrations this book charts the history of the airline and tells that story within the broader history of Ireland.
It is 75 years since Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline, took to the sky. This book not only charts the history of the airline, but also focuses on those who have worked for it and have flown with it. It draws heavily on the company's extensive archive of photographs, posters and advertisements, as well as the ephemera and memories of its staff. A social history of an airline, it chronicles the innovative ways in which Aer Lingus has met a plethora of challenges since 1936, and how it has always been able to adapt and transform itself. This is an indispensable book for anyone who has ever been connected with Aer Lingus, has boarded one of their planes, or is fascinated about how this most modern and revolutionary technology transported Irishness, as symbolised by the tail-fin shamrock, across the seas.
'Lavish illustrations steal the show, providing a treasure-trove of Irish retro design from the 1950s and 1960s' Sunday Times 'Offers a useful insight not just into the development of the airline also into the lives and culture that have existed within it...the design is first class and it will be of great interest to all who have worked at the airline or fly with it regularly, especially its passengers of old'. The Irish Times
Mike Cronin, academic director of Boston College - Ireland, has written widely on Ireland's history, including The Blueshirts and Irish Politics (1997), Sport and Nationalism in Ireland (1999), and The GAA - A People's History (2009) with Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse.