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Looking to the future from where it all began

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Both sides involved in the original and historic transatlantic telegraph cable came together in Valentia this week when representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador paid an official visit to Kerry and to the Valentia Cable Station.

Where it all began: At Foilhomurrum Bay, Valentia Island, representatives from both sides of the original transatlantic telegraph cable gathered to sign an official memorandum of understanding between both communities, from left, Gerry Osmond, Assistant Deputy Minister, Arts and Heritage of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, John Griffin, Tourism Officer, Kerry County Council, Patrizia La Piscopia, archaeologist, National Monuments Service, Emer Connolly, director, National Monuments Services, Ross Waters, World Heritage Unit, National Monument Services, Minister Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Steve Crocker and Michael Lyne, Chairman, Valentia Island Development Company.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

The purpose of the visit was the signing of an official memorandum of understanding between both communities, which committed Kerry County Council and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to a co-operative approach on their journey to seeking UNESCO Heritage Status for the Cable Stations of Valentia and Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, the western terminus for the transatlantic cable. 

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, Steve Crocker, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Gerry Osmond, travelled to Kerry for the visit and were welcomed to the Valentia Cable Station by Michael Lyne, Chairman, Valentia Island Development Company, Mayor of Kerry, Clllr Francis Flynn and Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council, as well as members of the Valentia Island Development Company. 

Waiting for the delegation to arrive at the Cable Station on Valentia Island were Marie Williams, Pam Twentyman and Anita Guiney

Following a tour of the cable station exhibition, a dinner, hosted by the mayor, was held in the Royal Hotel. 

The signing of the official memorandum of understanding between both parties commits Kerry and Newfoundland to a joint approach in seeking UNESCO Heritage Status but also to a wider cultural and economic cooperation in support of community development.
Speaking at the event, Mayor Flynn remarked: “Our aim is to safeguard this global heritage for the posterity of mankind but our hope and expectation is that it will unlock other investment opportunities both private and State”.

He added: “We want to maximise the economic and social opportunities that this will provide for Valentia and South Kerry. I am sure the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will want to achieve similar goals for Hearts Content and its environs.

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