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The Irish Times

‘This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Irish aviation. In what is obviously a labour of love, Michael Traynor, who published the book himself, lists all aircraft that went through Iona, their history and provenance. Even seasoned aviation buffs will find something new.'

-- The Irish Times

‘This is a handsome hardback volume, at a relatively modest price, about a comparatively little-known airline, Iona National Airways, founded in 1930. Full-page panels comprehensively detail the individual histories of Iona’s aircraft from the Thirties. While Iona may no longer exist, the number of aircraft – covering a 70-year period and scattered around the world, both active and inactive – is extensive.'

-- ‘Airways’ – Published in USA & promoted as the World’s Favourite Civil Aviation Magazine. Distributed monthly in 80 countries & a readership of 110,000


Aeroplane Monthly

'This is a substantial work for a self-publisher and the author is to be congratulated both for the work he put into it and the quality of its production. The story begins with the Iona Motor Engineering Works, Dublin, in 1923 and builds chapter by chapter almost as a story of Irish aviation.

This is an eminently readable book, well produced on good paper, and a welcome addition to Irish aviation history at a remarkably reasonable price.'

-- ‘Aeroplane Monthly’ is one of the UK’s most popular aviation magazines and is circulated to 35,000 readers in 50 countries each month.

An Cosantoir

‘This is a well-researched, professionally produced and very readable book. It sets Iona within its context in Irish aviation history and is certainly the definitive work on the Cahill family and its commercial aviation business, which extended over three generations. It is a most valuable addition to Irish aviation literature.'

- An Cosantóir – Journal of the Irish Defence Forces



'The Iona book is a fantastic read. Even if you have a passing interest, not just in aviation, but in Irish history, this book is for you. It is a wonderful publication, indeed a beautifully illustrated book, with interesting stories.'

-- Gerry Ryan Show, RTE - Gerry Ryan broadcasts on RTE 2FM to Ireland’s largest daily radio audience.


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