Offaly people react to funding bid for airport in Tubber
Offaly people have reacted hilariously to news that Offaly County Council has applied for €2.5 million funding for preliminary studies seeking to build an airport in Tubber.
Although a number of people expressed their support for such a project and the prospect of an airport bringing jobs and industry to Offaly, most Offaly Express readers were left bemused.
Carol Newman said, "what a laugh; I can think of better things for Offaly - a bus service for a start," while another added, "Is this another Waterford Whispers News story?"
Orla Cantwell added, "It's not the 1st April is it?"
Another local in Tubber suggested she could "be a millionaire yet" before pondering over the possibility of getting free flights for life.
Robin Murray was thinking ahead to future sessions and possible holidays, saying, "deadly, I'll be able to roll into the airport from the pub."
Louise O'Keeffe was also in holiday mode, planning her trip direct from Tubber to Alicante.
Donal Collins was keeping things very practical, commenting, "looking at the state of Offaly County Council roads, I'd love to see their effort at a runway." Joanne Addie echoed those sentiments: "I just hope the runway is made out of better stuff than what's on Offaly roads as some of them are like rollercoasters."
The prospect of the Midlands becoming a hub for tourism, one local said to the other, "you will be living in the middle of it all, an Airport and Center Parcs on your doorstep."
Aoife Curley was thinking of family conversations, saying, "Jesus, don’t tell grandad he’ll be talking about it till Christmas."