On the road in Connemara, Ireland

On the road - Connemara, Ireland

On the road – Connemara, Ireland

Connemara is a district in the western part of Ireland.  The boundaries are not well defined but it is west of Galway and a beautiful area of mountains, lakes and Atlantic coast.

These pictures were taken on a short road trip in September of 2013.  Just past the tourist season, many places were quiet so perfect to enjoy the sounds of nature and beautiful scenery of this part of Ireland.

Connemara National Park has many walking trails and they take you up on the mountain sides.  Trying to explain the maginificent sights from these trails isn’t much use as the pictures say it all.

The Marconi Wireless station was a very interesting site to see.  It is hard to imagine it was only a century ago when the first transatlantic commercial transmission was sent from here.  The road to the site is mostly a two-track dirt road and you have to go through a sheep fence that is across the road.

From a sign at the site:

Marconi Wireless Station – Derrygimla, Clifden

Completed in 1907 by the father of Radio, Guiglielmo Marconi, the Clifden wireless radio station was then the largest in the world.  From this site, the historic first transatlantic commercial wireless transmissions were sent on the 17th October 1907.

At its peak, some 300 people were employed at the station.  The 120 ha site contained many buildings.  Masts over 60 meters in height supported aerial wires each 1,300 m in length.  A narrow gauge railway facilitated works on the site.  The station operated until 1922 when it was destroyed during the Irish Civil War.

Transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown

One of the pictures shows a large cone near the Marconi site.  This cairn commemorates an unplanned landing site of the first non-stop transatlanic flight of Alcock and Brown in 1919. This landing site was about 500 meters from this cairn.  The flight started in St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada and took about 16 hours.  They thought they were landing on a grass field but it turned out to be one of the many peat bogs in this area.

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