Foynes

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Name Foynes County Limerick Nearest Town Adare Access Road N69 About Foynes is a small town and major port in County Limerick, located at the edge of hilly land on the southern bank of the Shannon Estuary.

The population of the town was 606 as of the 2006 census.

Foynes is located on an attractive stretch of the estuary of river Shannon.

It is situated in the parish of Robertstown.

It is about six kilometres from Shanagolden and near Leahy’s Point on the southern shore of the estuary.

It is noteworthy for having been, in the early years of aviation, the last port of call on the eastern shore of the Atlantic for flying boats.

Surveying flights for flying boat operations were made by Charles Lindbergh in 1933 and a terminal was begun in 1935.

The first transatlantic proving flights were operated in July 1937.

Services to New York, Southampton, Montreal, Poole and Lisbon followed, the first non-stop New York service operating on 1942 in 25 hours 40 minutes.

The advent of Shannon Airport made Foynes redundant as a stopping point and the airport closed in 1946.

A museum, The Flying Boat Museum, charting the brief but important history of aviation in Foynes is located in the port buildings.

Foynes as a port has a longer history, being first surveyed in 1837, and is now the location of a major deep water seaport operated by the Shannon Foynes Port Company,.

It is anticipated that more traffic from the upstream Limerick Port will ultimately be diverted there as the latter port lands are redeveloped for residential purposes.

Foynes is near to Adare, a famous heritage town, and the city of Limerick.

The main gateway to the region is Shannon Airport.

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