The Social Club at the Marconi Station
The Social Club at the Marconi Station was built in 1907 when the telegraph station was started operations. The social club was a small structure compared with the others on the Marconi Station Site. The social club was used for relaxation for the hard working men who operated the Marconi Station throughout its operation. The social club was destroyed by fire during the War of independence in 1922. The Social Club was built enclosed at the quarry area adjacent to the Receiving House and the Marconi Railway two foot gauge turn-table.
The Marconi railway system was used to transport workers and goods such as peat to the social club. The social club consisted of a billiards room, Library, Living room, single toilet and canteen. The social club had electricity to power lights and peat was used for heating the building. The social club was used by the workers families when visiting the Marconi Station when the workers were busy attending duties.
Alcock and Brown used the social club when completing the first Trans-Atlantic flight in June 1919. Alcock and Brown used the social club to relax after their 16 hour flight across the North Atlantic. Alcock and Brown relaxed at the Social Club while waiting to be transported back to Clifden, first by horse and cart and then by railway back to Galway and onwards to London.
The social club was maintained by canteen workers and housekeepers. The social club building was a of brick construction with steps leading up to the entrance. The roof was of corrugated metal construction which was A –shaped. The social club consisted of 5 sash windows form back to front and was opened by lifting them. The social club was manned by soldiers during 24 hours a day for security reasons during the early 1900s especially during world war one and the War of Independence.
The sole purpose of the social club was a place of comfort, reading and relaxation for the workers. The Marconi Station workers usually had parties, events and gatherings at times of birthday celebrations, events, family gatherings and festive holidays such as Christmas or Easter festivities.