Foynes: a tweet place for Miriam O’Callaghan

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

MIRIAM O’Callaghan has joined the long list of fans of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. But in true, 21st century style, Miriam’s praise for the museum came via Twitter.

MIRIAM O’Callaghan has joined the long list of fans of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. But in true, 21st century style, Miriam’s praise for the museum came via Twitter.

After a two-hour visit to the museum, this week, the woman who grills politicians for a living tweeted: “Just visited Foynes Flying Boat Museum with my history obsessed husband. It’s a really wonderful place and amazing Irish story. Lovely staff too.”

For the museum, which is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors this year, it was instant advertising – going out to Miriam’s 27,296 followers.

“We are always happy to get good feed-back and anything that promotes the museum is to be welcomed,” the museum’s director, Margaret O’Shaughnessy, said afterwards.

But it transpired that Ms O’Callaghan’s husband, Steve Carson, had made a prior visit to the Foynes museum – and was so smitten that he convinced his wife to make the return trip.

The couple had lunch in the newly opened O’Regan restaurant before taking in the exhibitions, which include a walk-in facsimile of the Yankee Clipper, the Boeing 314 flying boat, and a “living” hologram telling the story of how the first Irish Coffee was made in the passenger loungeMiriam O’Callaghan, however, is not the first RTE personality to rave about the museum – or to tweet about it. Last year, according to Ms O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Tubridy visited the museum and tweeted his appreciation.

Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara is the museum’s number one fan – and probably its most famous.