Richard Martin

B'ait an mac é Richard Martin, Humanity Dick nó Hair Trigger, mar a thugtaí air. Ba leis dúiche Bhaile na hInse, 100,000 acra talún, an dúiche ba mhó in Éirinn. Bhí sé ina M.P. i Rialtas Westminster, agus ar cheann dá chuid éachta bhí an Martin's Act. Sé an Acht sin is bun le chuile dhlí faoi chearta ainmhithe a ritheadh ó shin. De réir an tseanchais, chuireadh sé éinne a mbeireadh sé orthu ag tabhairt drochíde d'ainmhithe i bpríosún sa gcaisleán beag ar an oileán ar an dúiche.

Ba é John D'arcy a thóg an Clochán mar ionad tráchtála chun slí bheatha an cheantair a fheabhsú. Iascach, marmar agus olann ba mhó a mbaintí pingin astu. Tá roinnt de thíthe breátha na 19ú aoise ina seasamh fós, ach tá go leor nach bhfuil. Bhí trí phríomhshráid sa gClochán, margadh, príosún, teach cúirte, agus cuan. Ba é Alexander Nimmo a leag amach Céibh an Chlocháin. Níl ach fothrach anois san áit a raibh teach D'arcy ar Bhóthar na Spéire.

The building of the Galway to Clifden railway opened up Connemara to the outside world. It opened in 1895 and closed in 1935. In 1907 the first commercial wireless telegraph station was set up on Derrygimla Bog by Marconi. It developed into a large station and operated a 24 hour service between it and it's sister station in Nova Scotia. The station was destroyed during the Civil War and never functioned again.

In June 1915 John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown landed in Derrygimla Bog. They had left Newfoundland sixteen hours twenty eight minutes previously in a Vichers Vimy biplane and had successfully completed the first trans Atlantic flight. A monument to this event is situated on the Ballyconneelly Rd.

First Settlers in Connemara

Christianity & The Ferocious O' Flaherty's

Prominent Connemara Families- The Martins & The D'arcys

Transport & Communications in Connemara

Famine in Connemara

 

 

 
 
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