Newsletter 2009

Marconi’s telegraph station at Derrygimlagh


This picture is a composite of two shots taken by Dave Cannon, formerly in the Mat. Lab and then Maintenance at Baddow, where here was also in charge of the company fire brigade. He got in touch with me after seeing the piece about the Marconi Lancia in the last issue. Dave and his wife Ann, who has family in nearby Clifden, have made a number of visits to this corner of Connemara. Taken on one of those recent visits, this view shows the foundations of the main building of the former Marconi telegraph station, looking southeast. At the centre is Ann Cannon, seated on one of a pair of concrete mounting blocks, and behind her, to the left on the skyline is the obelisk marking the spot where Alcock and Brown landed at the end of their epic crossing of the Atlantic in a Vickers Vimy in 1919.