Thanks to Pete Clarke for these photos and text
above a diminutive photo of the front of Ballygireen communications centre just north of Shannon airport.
These are 2 shots of the radio operators. As the aircraft transmits the HF message the operator types it into the computer. It is then sent by landline to Shanwick Oceanic Control at Prestwick. Before FDPS it would be received at the teleprinter room above the operations room then sent via conveyor belt and perspex tube down to an assistant for distribution to the relevant control sector. After the introduction of FDPS the computer would direct the message to the controller automatically. – A much quicker method.
and finally, no trip to Shannon and Ballygireen was complete without a trip to Dirty Nelly’s bar down the road next to Bunratty Castle. A very merry evening was always guaranteed!