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The seaport of Foynes lies on the southern shore of the magnificent Shannon Estuary and is the birthplace of the world famous Irish Coffee!


Foynes has a rich maritime and aviation history and was once the last port of call on the eastern Atlantic shores for flying boats. It is the birthplace of the world famous Irish Coffee which warmed flying boat passengers when this port was the stepping stone between Europe and North America in the pioneering days of transatlantic aviation from the 1930s. This unique slice of Irish history is honoured in the annual Irish Coffee Festival held every June.

The town has a major deep water seaport situated at the foot of mature forest slops of Ballynacragga and Knockpatrick which help give it shelter.

Today Foynes has a world class Flying Boat Museum (in the old terminal building) which exhibits a full size replica of the B314 Flying boat.

With a range of accommodation options Foyne’s is a great stop off point before exploring further up the Shannon River and the surrounding coastline. Take a stroll around Knockpatrick Gardens, let the kids loose in the local playground, and soak up local history exploring Shanid Castle or the 13th Century Abbey ruins.

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