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  • Aspects of Galway City and County



The Capital of Connemara

In the early 1900s, the world's gaze was on Clifden, the biggest town in Connemara. It was the scene of two world firsts.

Clifden is not an old town. It was established in the early 1800s by the local landlord John D'Arcy. D'Arcy also built a castle, the ruins of which can still be seen.

The Marconi Station

On October 17, 1907, a very important event happened a few miles outside of Clifden.

The first commercial transatlantic message was transmitted from Guglielmo Marconi's Station in Clifden to his North American complex in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Alcock and Brown

John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown were British aviators who made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in June 1919.

The pair took off from St. John's, Newfoundland, on June 14, 1919. They crash landed in a bog outside Clifden 16 hours and 27 minutes after take off.

The flight was trecherous and nearly ended in disaster several times. Brown had to climb out onto the wings to remove ice which was building up on the engines. They were treated as heros for completing the challange and received a prize of 10,000.