Published on January 30th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Foynes Flying Boat Museum win CIE Award

The CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence were first launched in 1990. The awards are presented based on feedback received from over 25,000 customers surveyed throughout the year. The data and information obtained from these surveys is invaluable to CIE Tour partners who use it to continuously improve their offering to their clients. Each of the CIE Tour partners who qualified for an award, delivered an exceptional quality experience and welcome to visitors, achieving a customer satisfaction rating of over 92%.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum were the only award winners from Limerick this year. Foynes played a pivotal role in establishing commercial transatlantic passenger flights in the 1930’s ad 40’s. At the museum you can learn the history of Flying Boats and the diverse range of people who arrived and departed from Foynes through the comprehensive collection of historical and interactive exhibits and memorabilia. These stories are brought to life for visitors since it opened in 1989, located in the original Foynes Airport Terminal Building.

Speaking at the presentation of CIE Tours International Annual Awards of Excellence Elizabeth Crabill said; “30 years ago CIE Tours International introduced its annual Awards of Excellence to recognise Ireland’s hospitality ambassadors – the people and businesses throughout the country who put Irish tourism on the global stage through the warmth of welcome and quality of service provided to our international visitors.

Congratulations to the team at Foynes on this award. For more information about the museum, visit


About the Author

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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