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. Foynes is a 35 minute drive from Adare.
Visit our Maritime Museum and the Maureen O’Hara Exhibition. 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.
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. We focus on the history and stories of part of the River Shannon that runs from Limerick to Loop Head, including its estuary.
Maureen O’Hara Exhibition
Thousands of fans and enthusiasts of Maureen O’Hara are expected to join maritime and aviation enthusiasts when visiting the world renowned museum on the Shannon estuary. Explore the life and legacy of this legendary Irish-American actress at the exhibition which is dedicated to this Hollywood icon, who starred in several classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Visit the display room to see her memorabilia and the small cinema area with a six-minute rolling film on her life, music, film, and fashion. A truly remarkable place for visitors from home and abroad to experience the aviation and maritime history of this region.