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At Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the station where Irish coffee debuted, view a detailed history of transatlantic flight. As the last port of call on the eastern shore for seaplanes, Foynes was the biggest civilian airport on the continent during World War II. This aviation and maritime station was famous for the invention of Irish coffee, which was prepared in the 1930s and 1940s to comfort cold passengers. After closing in 1946, the village and port weren't an important aviation site again until 1988, when a portion of the old station was leased by this museum. Take a tour the interactive museum exhibits, and step on board the B314 replica to understand the site's historic contributions. Add Foynes Flying Boat Museum to your Foynes travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Foynes road trip planning tool.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum Reviews
We found out about this from the concierge at our hotel in Ennis, so it wasn't a long drive to get there. Looks to be a labor of love by aviation enthusiasts - lots of historical artifacts, stories..... more »
Spent a wonderful rainy afternoon checking out this museum. Maureen O’Hara had a strong connection with this important part of aviation history. Definitely a hidden gem worth the time if you are... more »
This is a great museum, lovingly maintained and very interesting. You can wander all around the flying boat, sit anywhere you want, ask any questions that you want, etc. The Maureen O'Hara tribute was nice, and informative as well. There's a small coffee shop if you'd like something to eat, and a decent gift shop as well. Go up to the top level to take pics of the harbor and the town.
Enjoyed a great experience here. The receptionist, Helen , was so helpful and kind, my father in law ,was inquiring about the old TB hospital. And Helen went out of her way to help him meet up with a friend after 70 years not meeting each other. Thanks Helen, he met up later in the day .. the flying boat was a great surprise.
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