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Derrigimlagh Discovery Point Celebratory Opening
18 September 2016
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
Overview of DerrigimlaghDownload Derrigimlagh Factsheet here
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.
- A 5km signposted looped walk
- In 1907, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first commercial transatlantic wireless message
- After taking off from Newfoundland, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown landed here in 1919 completing the first non-stop transatlantic flight
- The first commercial transatlantic wireless transmission was sent from Derrigimlagh in 1907
- On the 15th June 1919, the first non-stop transatlantic flight landed here
- In September 2016, the site was opened to the public as a 5km signposted looped walk
- Derrigimlagh is part of one of the most magnificent wetland environments in Europe as it has a blanket bog (peatlands) providing a rich biodiversity of species
- The site has archaeology, dating back over 6,000 years
- Derrigimlagh is one of 15“Signature Discovery Points” of the Wild Atlantic Way and is must-see sights along Ireland’s west coast.
Open 24 hours a day / 365 days per year
- Information points along the route incorporating weather shelters
- On foot
- On bikes
- Vehicle parking in the main carpark only.
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.