Aviatrix Lilian Bland


Miss Bland was a jockey, a sports photographer, a journalist, a car dealer and a pioneer farmer. She also built Ireland's first powered airplane, entirely by hand, and successfully piloted it.

Eastern slope of Carnmoney Hill viewed from Monkstown. Photo by Gary Thompson/licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic. Inset: The Mayfly. Public Domain