Published on March 30th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Foynes Flying Boat Museum wins Prestigious Award

The Flying Boat Museum at Foynes has won the “Museum of the Year Award 2017” at an event hosted by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland. Museum director, Margaret O’Shaughnessy could not have been more pleased. The award, she said, came just at the right time. “We have had a [few] very rough months since the museum was flooded at Christmas,” she said. “This was a great gee-up and is also coming just as we re-open for the season after carrying out a big renovation job.” The award was previously won by the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast in 2016.

The museum was devastated by a flood on the night of the 11th November 2017 when a man-made lake behind the museum overflowed in heavy rain. While extensive damage was caused to the museum, luckily none of the valuable artefacts were damage. Speaking at the time Ms O’Shaughnessy said “This is devastating for the museum and all its wonderful staff but no Damage has been done to any of our artefacts. There is however considerable damage to all carpets, doors, walls etc. but all of this can be repaired and replaced.”

The bill to restore the museum came to over €500,000 most of which was mostly covered by insurance but still left the museum with a shortfall. Ms O’Shaughnessy also said “We are expanding and developing a new room to house the Irish Coffee Story. That story began on a cold night in the 1940s when chef Joe Sheridan mixed coffee with Irish whiskey and a dollop of cream to warm up flying boat passengers arriving at the terminal in Foynes, now the museum. The new addition will be open next month,” and she encouraged people to come visit the museum. It’s open 7 days a week – 09:30 – 17:00

Full details are available at the museum website

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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