09/05/11

09.05.11 Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Irish Coffee Festival and new 3D Holographic Exhibition provide a cocktail not to be missed – Minister Deenihan

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Monday 9th May, 2011) visited the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, in Limerick where he firstly opened the new Peppers Ghost Exhibition and then launched the programme for the Irish Coffee Festival taking place over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Peppers Ghost Exhibition is a new 3D holographic exhibition on the creation of Irish Coffee. This innovative exhibition is one of 25 successful projects funded under the Department’s Cultural Technology Grant Scheme – an initiative aimed at using a variety of the best emerging and existing technology, information and communication methods to promote Irish arts, culture and creative sectors in all their forms.

Speaking at the launch Minister Deenihan said “this exhibition, more than fulfils the aims of the initiative and demonstrates some of the many possibilities around showcasing the best of our Irish culture, history and heritage in exciting new and innovative ways. As you know, the story behind the creation of Irish Coffee is intrinsically interwoven with the aviation history which is so richly preserved here at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.”

Using the latest technology this story is now told with the aid of ‘Pepper Ghosts’ who appear on film and at the same time seem to interact with the physical environment in a realistic way.

Minister Deenihan also complemented the very high quality of the exhibition and the remarkable attention to detail which ensures the accuracy of its content. “In particular, the characters who were present and played key roles on the famous night in the Winter of 1943 when the first Irish Coffee came into existence. Even the labels on the whiskey bottles on display are specially commissioned to reflect that era ” added the Minister.

In addition to the new exhibition, the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival will run from the 3rd to 5th June. The festival makes a welcome return to the mid-West’s social calendar, offering visitors a wide range of events to enjoy including a float parade, fireworks, music, an outdoor ceile and food fair, an aviation display and puppet and magic shows. Minister Deenihan concluded by saying “it clearly demonstrates the wonderful community spirit that exists and is fostered in this area and worthy of particular mention is the fact that all the events during the festival are free, so a fun filled weekend can be enjoyed by all.”

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Minister Deenihan is available for interview by contacting Therese O’Connor 01 6313807/0872908193

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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