Re: Mons Terrace

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Posted by murrisk on April 08, 2001 at 20:00:58:

In Reply to: Re: Mons Terrace posted by TEMPUS on April 08, 2001 at 16:23:52:

I can understand yor feelings Tempus. I no longer live in Castlebar but when I visit from time to time I often find it challenging to find old places let alone old friends. The town has undergone so many changes in recent years. The old Castlebar aerodrome lay on the Breaffy side of Mons Terrace. This was an active aerodrome circa 1918 and I remember my aunt, who lived in Mons Terrace, telling me about two aeroplane crashes in which the young pilots were killed. My aunt was a teacher in Castlebar for many, many years and would have been in her 20's when the crashes occured. There is also a lovely photo in the Wynne collection of the Royal Flying Corps. taken outside the hanger of the aerodrome c. 1918. The squadron's mascots, three dogs, a sheep and a cat (ferret?) feature prominantly as well as a glowering sergeant !! The personnel all appear so young, and well - rumpled. After the foundation of the Free State this land was farmed by St. Mary's Hospital. In the 1960's the land was sold for industrial development. The first factory on the site was, I think, Travenol. The area has changed utterly with the many changes since then.

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