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Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

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Foynes, Limerick,
T: +353(0)6965416

The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, housed in the original terminal building in Foynes, County Limerick, recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum excitingly captures the story of how Foynes became one of the great aviation hubs of the world from 1937-1945. Walk in the footsteps of JFK, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt and many other dignitaries, movie stars and refugees who landed at Foynes during World War II. Throughout the original terminal building this truly unique story is told by way of original film in a 1940’s style cinema, showcases covering the war years and numerous exhibits on the romantic flying boat era including the chance to board a life size replica of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat.

Foynes and the flying boats will be forever connected with the invention of Irish coffee as they combined to give this uniquely Irish treat. Learn all about this historic event by watching a wonderful 3D holographic show re-enacting this famous night back in 1943. After, why not taste a delicious Irish coffee in its original home. Also explore our wide-ranging maritime collection housed in the reinstated control tower and enjoy the panoramic view of the River Shannon from the top of the tower.

When Hollywood movie star Maureen O’Hara stepped off a flying boat in Foynes with her husband Captain Charles Blair in 1976, it would be the beginning of a special relationship. This new exhibition is dedicated to preserving the memory of Ireland’s most famous actress by showcasing her memorabilia including the honorary Oscar she received. There is also a cinema room screening a rolling film on her life encompassing her love of music, film and fashion.