Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Aras Ide, Main St, Ballynacragga North, Foynes, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Photo Courtesy of Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Take to the air at Foynes Flying Boat MuseumIt was in the village of Foynes in Co Limerick, that commercial transatlantic travel first started back in the 1930s and 40s, with flying boats which paved the way for transatlantic planes. This museum, set in the old Foynes Airport Terminal Building, tells the story of the first flying boats through video and exhibits such as radio equipment, crew uniforms and even a life-size replica of a B314 flying boat - complete with 14-seat dining room, crew deck and a honeymoon suite at the rear. You can also take to the skies and fly over the River Shannon Estuary in your own B314 flying boat simulator.
The museum also tells the story of how the first Irish Coffee was said to have been invented in Foynes and the maritime section tells the story of the River Shannon. There's also an exhibition dedicated to the late Irish actress Maureen O'Hara, who was a patron of the museum, with memorabilia and belongings from her life. There are lots of different sections so make sure to leave a few hours to enjoy the full museum and time for an Irish coffee or lunch after the visit.