€1.5m museum extension opens
MINISTER of State Michael Ring was the special guest at Foynes' Flying Boat Museum on Tuesday where he officially opened the facility's new Maritime Museum.
The new, €1.5 million addition to the award-winning museum tells the story of one of Ireland's great maritime assets - the River Shannon - detailing the geology and mythology of the estuary stretching from Limerick docks down to Loop Head.
Among the new displays in the museum are navigational charts and maps of the river and there are stories about pilots who raced to be the first to guide the ships along Europe's largest navigable estuary. Visitors will also learn about the development of Foynes harbour; the different types of ships and boats used on the river; the story of transportation and emigration, as well as the geology, tides, weather and leisure on the Shannon. All of these stories are told through a combination of interactive technology, artifacts and replicas.
This new addition to Foynes' Flying Boat Museum completes the overall plan that was first envisaged back in 1987 when a small group of interested people got together to look at the possibility of establishing a Flying Boat Museum in Foynes. It now brings to €4.5 million the total investment in the museum over the past 25 years.