The Foynes Flying Boat Museum was severely damaged by floods on Saturday PICTURE: EDEL MORONEY
A POPULAR museum in West Limerick has been severely damaged following severe flooding in Foynes village.
The Foynes Flying Boat Museum was submerged after a man-made lake in the forests above the village burst its banks on Saturday.
It forced the main N69 road into Foynes to be closed off, as fire service staff, council engineers and members of the community battled against the torrent.
The damage at the museum – considered one of the jewels in the west’s tourism offering – did not impact on the centre’s priceless memorabilia.
These include museum patron, top actress Maureen O’Hara’s Oscar statuette, and the dress she wore to the awards ceremony.
Founded in 1988, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum is inspired by the first transatlantic flights from the port. As well as a variety of memorabilia related to these flights in the first half of the 20th century, the facility also plays host to a 1940s styled cinema showing newsreel from the time, and a flying boat simulator.