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Shannon Airport are now accepting entries to win seats on special flights with Santa Claus.

Over 2,000 children and their parents are expected to take to the skies with the North Pole resident on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st.

Although Santa has been taking to the skies since the beginning of time, this is the seventh year he is teaming up with Shannon Airport where he and some elves will be on board the 737 aircraft going 15,000 ft above the west coast of Ireland.

Tickets will be allocated through a lottery system with all profits raised in aid of Shannon Group’s designated charities for 2019, Limerick Suicide Watch and Irish Cancer Society. Chairman of the Shannon Group charity committee, Isabel Harrison said it is one of a number of events they have organised this year.

“Each year we are delighted with the high volume of applications, they are like Willie Wonka’s golden tickets! It is wonderful to be part of such a popular and fun filled event, whilst raising much needed funds for our very worthy charities.” Since its establishment in 2014 Shannon Group staff have raised over €278,000 for a range of worthy charities.

Mrs Claus and Santa’s little helpers will be manning the airport check-in desks, they will also be assisted by teams of volunteers who work in Shannon Airport. As ticket holders wait to board their flight, they will be treated to dancing elves, roof raising music, festive treats and games.

Since 12pm today (Friday), the lottery system has been live. Details on how to enter are available HERE.

A €1.50 per seat lottery application fee will apply to enter, with a flat booking fee of €1.50. The lottery closes on Friday November 1st at midnight and the winners will be notified by text soon after. Bookings are confined to a maximum of six but with the airport determined to ensure as many children as possible avail of the very special Christmas treat, a maximum of two adults will be allowed with any group of six. No child will be allowed on their own without an adult.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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