Celebratory opening of Derrigimlagh Discovery Point – September 2016 September 16th 2016 saw the celebratory opening of the Derrigimlagh Discovery Point known locally as the ‘Marconi Site’. A guided walk was given by archaeologist Michael Gibbons and engineer Shane Joyce. With over 300 in attendance and favorable weather, the 3 hour guided was great success. Images: Terry O’Toole/Love Connemara Derrigimlagh Discovery Point Images: Pat Moore/Failte Ireland/Wild Atlantic Way
The Derrigimlagh Discovery Point is a 5km signposted looped walk through the boglands at Derrigimlagh located on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and close to the town of Clifden in Connemara, Co. Galway. The site is of major historical significance with two early 20th century events taking place at the location; the first being the transmission of the first commercial transatlantic message; the second being the landing of first non-stop transatlantic flight.
Open 24 hours a day / 365 days per year
Location & Directions
Directions: Derrigimlagh is located 4.3 kilometres south of Clifden on the R341. From Clifden take Ballyconneely Road. Go over 3 bridges and it is on your left.
Address: Derrigimlagh, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/AGff6rR9tAM2
Websites: https://www.connemarachamber.ie/derrigimlagh http://www.wildatlanticway.com/directory/signature/derrigimlagh-bog/342/
Close-by on the Errislannan Penninsula is an aeroplane wing shaped memorial to Alcock and Brown. Location: 53.467146 N 10.032487 W https://goo.gl/maps/A4BRGLo81252
In the press
Revamped Derrigimlagh Discovery Point opened – http://www.galwayindependent.com/business/topics/articles/2016/08/03/4124263-revamped-derrigimlagh-discovery-point-opened/
Wild Atlantic Way ‘just starting’, as €2.3 million attractions announced – http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/wild-atlantic-way-just-starting-as-23-million-attractions-announced-34922206.html
Minister Officially Opens Revamped Derrigimlagh Discovery Point – http://www.failteireland.ie/Footer/Media-Centre/Minister-Officially-Opens-Revamped-Derrigimlagh-Di.aspx
Hard work pays off as Marconi site opens – http://connemarajournal.ie/hard-work-pays-off-marconi-site-opens/
Boost for Connemara tourism following launch of Wild Atlantic Way discovery point – http://connachttribune.ie/boost-for-connemara-tourism-following-launch-of-wild-atlantic-way-discovery-point/
This project has been supported by Fáilte Ireland and Galway County Council in association with the Connemara Chamber of Commerce.