Image Title: Exterior of Flying Boat at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Located 25-30 minutes from Shannon, Limerick and Ennis, The Foynes Flying Boat Museum is a MUST SEE in Ireland. Home to the invention of Irish Coffee, this location was the site of the take-offs and splash-down landings of the Flying Boat. It's American connection is strong since Boeing was the manufacturer of the Flying Boat, an elegant way to travel from North America to Europe. Foynes, the old Shannon Airport, saw the arrival of such celebrated people as John F. Kennedy, Bing Crosby, Maureen O'Hara, whose husband, Captain Charles Blair was a pilot of the Flying Boat. The memorabilia from this elegant era in air travel is topped by the reproduction of the flying boat which you can actually board to revisit the era. You'll find the Margaret O'Shaughnessy, founder and curator of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, on hand to along with wonderful guides to answer your questions and show you about.