Pontoon bridge, Newbrook, Co. Westmeath.

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Where: Westmeath, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1966

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Here we are in Mullingar, Mullingar racecourse to be precise, I wonder why this Heath Robinson bridge was there?

It is not for the racing as racing ceased there in 1961.

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: James P. O'Dea

Date: February 04 1966

NLI Ref.: ODEA 42/17

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    O Mac

    • 25/May/2015 01:44:19

    Taken from somewhere near here . Pontoon bridge is spanning the Royal Canal with the Mullingar to Athlone railway line behind. Newbrook racecourse had its own station which was unique in that it had two platforms which were both on the Down Line. The racecourse closed in 1961 after 109 years. The floats look like they're made of metal..as if old petrol tanks? The racecourse was used in the making of the 1948 film "Captain Boycott" and can been seen here. It's pretty awful....No! It's much worse than awful.. youtu.be/YChsAsLFi6Q

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/May/2015 05:25:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 I see your point re the film!!

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    • 25/May/2015 06:24:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 The floats do look like drop-tanks. I wouldn't think they are though - why would there be nine identical drop-tanks in Westmeath, an area not famed for its aero-industry?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 25/May/2015 07:44:12

    OSI 25" map at GeoHive.

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    • 25/May/2015 09:18:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Not just back in action, but much improved!

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    Dru Marland

    • 28/May/2015 00:15:49

    I remember the boating lake at Fleetwood, Lancashire had catamarans made of paired drop tanks (at least that's what i think they were) with holes cut into the top and seats inside, back in the early 1960s. I presume they were surplus tanks from the war...

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    • 20/Aug/2017 21:14:59

    Racing at Newbrook actually ceased in 1967, the final meeting was in July. See the book 'Racing Through The Midlands: Westmeath and Offaly' by Stan McCormack

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    • 05/May/2020 09:55:35

    Mullingar Agricultural Shows were also held here I have a vague memory of been to one mid 60s. IDA developed the site and in 1976/77 GAF an American company set up making vinyl flooring. Then taken over by German company Tarkett Sommer again vinyl flooring who were there till it was closed by them late 1998/99. Factory was demolished in 2000/01 Redeveloped and now Mullingar Business Park. My brother worked at Tarkett factory for a number of years till it was closed. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland