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Collection

The museum archive holdings serve as a repository for storing and preserving a unique collection of records and artefacts constituting an extremely important part of Ireland’s aviation history.

The catalogued aviation collection is a fantastic resource, storing historic and contemporary items, detailing the historic flying boat period, from the first survey and commercial flights, to the culmination of the flying boat era in the late 1940s. The archives hold a significant amount of material documenting the development of the airport, the role of the first transatlantic commercial airlines (PAA, BOAC & AEA), intelligence reports, flight logs, meteorological weather maps, the war time years in Foynes and hundreds of documents such as photographs, logbooks, diaries, timetables, newspaper clippings, postcards, letters of correspondence – all preserving the memory of those who passed through and worked in Foynes.

The Foynes Harbour Trustees collection is a very significant one and spans two centuries (1823-1977). This maritime collection provides a comprehensive insight into the foundation, development and administrative workings of the harbour and the influence the local gentry had in nurturing its potential and facilitating its growth. Other facilities and sites described in these papers include Foynes railway station, oil depots, airport facilities such as customs and excise and waiting accommodation, Pan American Airways and British Overseas Airways Corporation offices as well as other leaseholders.