Eugene McNamee comes originally from Mayo, and he was educated in Terenure College Dublin, before joining Aer Lingus in 1958, working in the passenger handling area. In 1961 he registered as a student in Kevin Street in the Department of Air Navigation where his lecturer was Brendan Flanagan. He recalls his year of study there in great detail, and his later work as Route Informations Officer in the Flight Operations Department with Aer Lingus. He also became an instructor in Celbridge from 1976 – 1979, where he taught Grainne Cronin who became the first female pilot employed by Aer Lingus. He retired in 2002 from Aer Lingus, having completed 40 years of service with the national airline.