O’Hara – Screen great attends opening of Foynes Museum
03 July 2006
O’Hara at opening of Foynes museum
Veteran Hollywood star Maureen O’Hara was the special guest at the official opening of the renovated Foynes Flying Boat Museum this afternoon.
The museum first opened in 1989 and it celebrates the long tradition the town of Foynes has with the famous flying boats which brought passengers across the Atlantic since 1939, prior to the opening of Shannon Airport in 1945.
Maureen O’Hara has a long association with Foynes as her late husband Charlie Blair flew the last flying boat from Foynes to New York.
A major part of the â‚¬2m museum revamp has been the installation of a life-sized Boeing B314 Yankee Clipper, regarded as the Concorde of its day, and the largest and fastest civilian aircraft of its time, flying passengers from the US to Foynes.
It carried all the top Hollywood stars across the North Atlantic between 1939 and 1945. One of its major attractions was the famous Honeymoon Suite which was the preferred mode of travel for such screen icons as Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope and Gracie Fields during the golden age of flying boats.
The museum is expected to attract 50,000 visitors a year and generate â‚¬6m in income for the local economy.
Any images of this project I’d be interested to know if it is a new build or restored building that is housing this museum.