March 16, 1923

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Where: Dublin, , Ireland

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When: 16 March 1923

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This shot was taken at the Steeplechase for the Metropolitan Plate at Baldoyle Racecourse.

Apologies for poor photographic quality of this one, but thought it was good as an early action shot…

The Metropolitan Plate carried a purse of 500 sovereigns; second won 70 sovereigns and third won 25. It was a handicap steeplechase over 2½ miles, and the race started at 3.35 p.m.

Can anyone help with where this racecourse used to be, so that I can add it to our Flickr map?

Date: Friday, 16 March 1923

NLI Ref.: HOG205


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 16/Mar/2012 12:43:01


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    • 16/Mar/2012 13:20:15

    You're not the first archivist to wonder about Baldoyle.

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    • 16/Mar/2012 13:23:38

    Carol it was on the road between Baldoyle and Portmarnock about quarter of a mile from the village of Baldoyle and obviously on the land side of the road??? On this link you will see the end of Main Street and the beginning of the Coast Road and that is where it was. The new developments there are called Racecourse this and Racecourse that but I'm not fooled that's where the Racecourse was! There was a big controversy for many years about the land as it was debated that they should build a hospital etc. there.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Mar/2012 13:29:26

    Here is the racecourse on the OS 25" map The stands are at the bottom right.

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    • 16/Mar/2012 13:50:42

    Yep, the lads are right Carol.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2012 14:43:32 Thanks, chaps!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Mar/2012 14:44:21[email protected] Google Earth is fantastic!

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    ambitious lettuce

    • 22/Mar/2012 06:11:29

    Those horses look terrified!

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    • 11/Aug/2012 16:24:10

    I was in Birmingham UK in 08, but never made it to Dublin....the weather was bad & now I feel like I missed something very special, maybe another time...