Maureen O'Hara, Foynes, Sea Planes & Irish Coffee

On this day in 1996 ‘Nationwide’ broadcast a report from the Irish Coffee Festival in Foynes, Co. Limerick. The festival, which took place on the 17th of August that year, is attended by Irish actress and Hollywood film star, Maureen O'Hara, who has a long association with the west Limerick town.

During the 1930's and 40's Foynes was one of the most important airports in Western Europe. O’Hara’s husband, Captain Charlie Blair, was one of the pilots who used to fly the sea planes into Foynes, and flew the last commercial sea plane out of Foynes. Foynes is also the place where the now world famous Irish coffee was invented. The festival also coincides with Maureen's seventy-sixth birthday.

The festival attracts Irish coffee makers from all over the world with all their own secrets on how to make the perfect Irish coffee.

This ‘Nationwide’ report by Cathy Halloran includes interviews with festival organiser Margaret O’Shaughnessy, as well as Irish coffee makers Anita Toresen Hector, Kevin O'Halloran, James Ryan, and Michael Collins.

This report for ‘Nationwide’ was broadcast on the 28th of September, 1996.

Irish Coffee celebrates it's 70th birthday in Foynes, Co. Limerick on Sunday October 13th 2013. For details on this event, visit www.thegatheringireland.com

Maureen O'Hara (1996)
Maureen O'Hara attends Irish Coffee Festival in Foynes, Co. Limerick (1996).

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