L6545 : Marconi wireless transmitting station - Derrigimlah Townland

taken 3 years ago, near to Ballinaboy, Galway, Ireland

Marconi wireless transmitting station - Derrigimlah Townland
Marconi wireless transmitting station - Derrigimlah Townland
All that remains of the station are some mast bases and foundations. The lough is Emlaghnacourty. This area was the site of the power plant and fuel store.

MARCONI WIRELESS STATION CLIFDEN
History of the site
Guglielmo Marconi came to Ireland in 1905 in order to find a suitable site for a large telegraphy station closer to North America than the site at Poldhu, Cornwall. During his search he stayed at the Zetland Hotel, Cashel. He decided upon Derrigimlagh Townland as the best site as it had an uninterrupted outlook to the west and abundant water and turf for the boilers to drive generators.
Marconi purchased 300 acres (121 hectares) from a local landowner in late 1905 and construction started immediately.
By the end of 1906 test transmissions between Clifden and Poldhu were being carried out but commercial transmissions did not commence until October 1907.
During the First World War the site was garrisoned by the British Army. In 1916 the Government took steps to ensure that word of the Easter Rising via the station to North America was prevented.
Shortly after the commencement of the Irish Civil War in June 1922 the station came under fire from Anti-Treaty members of the Irish Republican Army. They set fire to the receiver house and other buildings and fired shots into the condenser house. The company officials apparently did nothing to repair the damage, the workforce were turned away. The company sought compensation from the Free State Government but received nothing. The installations were not rebuilt and the operation was transferred to Wales.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 30 October, 2014   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 30 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Communications 
Primary Subject of Photo
Communications 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! L 654 458 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.7672N 10:1.5226W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! L 655 458
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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