The first female pilot at Aer Lingus is retiring after 33 years of service.

Captain Gráinne Cronin embarked on her final flight as a pilot to Boston this afternoon.

Her first flight was in January 1978, piloting a Boeing 737 aircraft. She became a Captain in 1988.

Aer Lingus says she was a 'trail blazer' who paved the way for other women to pursue careers as pilots.

Captain Cronin's family were among the passengers on this afternoon's Boston flight.

Her father, Felim Cronin, was also an Aer Lingus pilot.

Her two daughters, Alana and Louisa Johnston, both hold private pilot's licences and Louisa has recently completed her training as a commercial pilot.