Discover the era of transatlantic passenger flights, the invention of Irish Coffee, and the maritime history of the majestic River Shannon. Travel back to the 1930s and ’40s, when Foynes played a pivotal role in establishing commercial transatlantic passenger flights. Learn the history of Flying Boats and the diverse range of people who arrived and departed from Foynes through our comprehensive collection of historical and interactive exhibits and memorabilia. They’ve brought these stories to life for our visitors since 1989, right there in the original Foynes Airport Terminal Building.
The River Shannon—Abhainn na Sionainne in Gaelic—is Ireland’s longest river. Named for the Celtic river goddess Sionna, it’s important in Irish mythology. The waterway has also benefitted a number of civilizations back to antiquity, and was crucial in establishing Foynes as an international port. They focus on the history and stories of part of the River Shannon that runs from Limerick to Loop Head, including its estuary.