ILLUMINATIONS OF LIMERICK'S LADY MARY HEATH on the FACADE OF THE HUNT MUSEUM
FRIDAY 6th January
Before Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson, there was Lady Mary Heath, the original heroine of the skies. Born Sophie Peirce-Evans in Limerick in 1896, she went on to become the first person, woman or man, to fly solo across the length of Africa from South Africa to London, an epic journey she undertook in an open-air cockpit. It was a perilous 10,000-mile journey during which she battled heatstroke in 100 degree heat and crashed in Zimbabwe. At one stage she was reported dead. This extraordinary Irish woman soared above the odds to become the most famous aviator in the world.