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From Mayo News - 1964 re Castlebar Airport

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Posted by PJ on October 23, 2002 at 10:27:02:

An interesting piece in the context of the photos I posted last night

"Businessmen to finance Castlebar Airport

CASTLEBAR is to have an airport. It will be sited on the Breaffy
Road, two miles outside the town and a mere four hundred yards
From the urban boundary work on the laying of a 1,500 ft.
Airstrip-the first of its kind west of the Shannon- is expected to
Start within the coming weeks.
The entire cost of the project is estimated at 5,000 and it will not mean an extra penny on the rates. It is expected that interested businessmen in Ireland and England will contribute towards the cost of the project.
Behind the move to provide an air strip are members of Castlebar Chamber of Commerce.
It is understood that Mr. Charles Forte, the London millionaire restauranteur, who pilots his own plane to Dublin for fishing trips on the west side of Beltra Lake, near Newport, which he
owns, would be willing to contribute a large sum for the project.

Mayo News -May 30,1964"

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