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Saturday 19 April 2014

New museum will showcase maritime history

A NEW maritime museum will showcase the Shannon Estuary from Limerick City to the mouth of the estuary.

It is hoped it will be open in the port village of Foynes in March in time for the summer tourism season.

The west Limerick village is also home to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which captures the romantic era of the first transatlantic passenger flights by flying boat.

Foynes was chosen as the first European landfall from the US, which was of strategic importance as a back door into Europe during World War Two.

Irish Independent

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