In 1994 Clifden held a festival to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the


On June 15th 1919 John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown flew 1900 miles from Newfoundland in a Vickers Vimy biplane.
After sixteen hours and twenty-eight minutes they crash-landed in the Derrygimlagh bog, close to the Marconi station. This event is best described in the words of Albert Millar who was eight years old at the time:

"I was getting ready to go to Sunday School when I heard a commotion and rushed out onto the street. 1 looked up and saw this thing flying very low between the houses. The pilot was waving down. According to John Alcock he was looking for a place to land and saw what he thought was a green field, but was in fact the bog.

After Sunday school I came home and the whole family drove out in my father' s pony trap to the bog. As we walked up the railway line (which l inked the Marconi station with the road) we met two farmers coming down. My Father asked did they see the plane. 'We did, Sir, it's a hell of a yoke'. 1 ran ahead of my parents and saw the plane lying in the bog. 1 ran back and said 'I've seen the hell of a yoke lying in the bog but it has no wheels'."

The rest is history. On the Errislannan pen insula is a monument, shaped like a tail-fin, to commemorate this flight. The monument points down to the exact spot in the bog where Alcock and Brown landed.

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