Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum



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The museum recalls the era of the flying boats during the 1930s and early 1940s when Foynes was an important airport for air traffic between the United States and Europe. There is a comprehensive range of exhibits, graphic illustrations and a 1940s-style cinema featuring a 17-minute film - all original footage from the 30s and 40s. This is where Irish coffee was first invented, by chef Joe Sheridan, in 1943. Fly the B314 flight simulators and go on board the world's only full scale B314 flying boat model. New additions include the Maritime Museum displaying the history and personality of the River Shannon, and the 3D life-size hologram of the night in 1943 when Irish coffee was invented. There is also a children's room and exhibition area. Various events throughout the season.

Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum
FOYNES, Co Limerick
Phone : 069 65416


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open daily, mid Mar-May 9.30-5.30; Jun-Sep 9.30-6; Oct-15 mid Nov 9.30-5 (last admission 1hr before closing)

About the area

Discover County Limerick

For many, this county is best known, not for its green fields, history or culture, but for the simple but effective rhyming scheme that shares the same name. The significance of the shared name is not certain, but a popular theory is that there is a folk song about Limerick which has a similar rhyming pattern.

The county itself has its own gentle charm, with rolling countryside from the Golden Vale to the tidal estuary of the River Shannon. It has many interesting places to visit, including historic and prehistoric sites, some appealing market towns such as Castleconnell, Kilfinane, Kilmallock and Newcastle West, and Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages.

The city of Limerick is over a thousand years in the making, and is home to the impressive King John’s Castle. Built at the start of the 13th century it looms over the river and is next door to the restored palace that once housed the Protestant Bishops of Limerick. The city also has a cathedral, St Mary’s, which dates back to a similar period. It was founded in 1168 by Domnall Mór Ua Briain, King of Thurmond.

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