Ambassadors focus on Kerry’s history at lecture series

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US Ambassador to Ireland, Claire Cronin and Canadian Ambassador Nancy Smyth were the VIP guests at an informative annual lecture series held at the Transatlantic Cable Station on Valentia Island.

Addressing the lecture is Leonard Hobbs, Chair, Cable Station

They delivered keynote speeches while others to address the event included Leonard Hobbs, Chair, Cable Station, and Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.

The gathering also included a gala dinner at the Royal Hotel, Valentia Island,

Over 150 years ago, the first successful Transatlantic telegraph cable was laid between Valentia Island in Ireland and Heart’s Content in Newfoundland, Canada, connecting the old world with the new.

The wire that changed the world, the Eighth Wonder of the World, reduced the time to send a message across the ocean from weeks to minutes and heralded the birth of global communications.

The Transatlantic Cable Station has moved closer to becoming a world heritage site, as the government announced it was submitting the details of the site to UNESCO Paris with the announcement that the historic site has made the UNESCO tentative list.

Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

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