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Bressie feared he was going to die on plane trip home


Bressie has admitted he feared he would die on board a plane trying to land in the storms.

The Voice of Ireland coach was returning to Cork Airport from Christmas in Lanzarote last week when it was diverted to Shannon because of the poor weather.

And Bressie – who was travelling with girlfriend Roz Purcell – admitted he feared that was going to be the end as they came towards the runway in awful gales and rain.

He said: “The plane ahead of us had tried to land three or four times, and I was calm enough until I saw all the ambulances.

“I thought, ‘Right, that’s it, I’m going to die in Cork’. There are better ways of going than on a plane. We were diverted to Shannon.

“The plane was being thrown around and when we got to Shannon it was closed so we were on the plane for about another hour and a half.”

Niall Breslin, Rozanna Purcell and Brent Pope 18/4/2013

Couple: With Roz at the launch of the Rainbow Run

But Roz insisted that it hasn’t put her off flying after a horror experience earlier in her life.

She added: “I’ve been through way worse. I went in a plane from Panama to Puerto Rico during a hurricane and the air hostess were crying.

“And I looked at her and she said ‘Why are you looking at me?’ Ever since then I’ve never been afraid of flying.”

However, Bressie wanted to get off the flight as quickly as possible when it hit the ground.

He added: “I used to have a bit of an issue with flying, but I’ve done it so often. My only issue is that I have to swallow my knees for the whole flight because those seats are ridiculous.

“The people beside you don’t understand that you can’t get comfortable, and your arse gets numb. It’s alright, but that was a four-and-a-half hour flight.”