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Stepping stone to the new world, Ireland

Cork city, was the main port of departure for people fleeing the Irish famine of 1845-50.
  • Cork city, was the main port of departure for people fleeing the Irish famine of 1845-50.

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And Irish coffee it is to this day. And that’s why every fall Foynes sponsors an Irish coffee-making festival, where bartenders from all over the world compete. The prize is handed over by Irish actress Maureen O’Hara, the museum’s patron, whose late husband, Capt. Charles Blair, flew the last flying boat out of Foynes on Oct. 22, 1945 and a few days later flew a land plane into the new Shannon International Airport, across the estuary from Foynes. The age of the transatlantic flying boat was over.

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The Flying Boat Museum is open April through October. For more information visit its website at www.flyingboatmuseum.com .

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