Investing in our Culture, Heritage and Language

Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027

Minister Josepha Madigan TD presents “Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027” – a ten year plan setting out the Government’s commitment for capital investment of almost €1.2 billion in Ireland’s culture, language and heritage. Valentia Island Cable Station is announced as a priority project of the..Read More

Transcript for speech of President Michael D. Higgins

President’s visit to the Cable Station

President Michael D. Higgins visited the Cable Station and spoke about the history of the building and the project to gain UNESCO recognition for the cable sites. You can watch his speech and the event at

Cable Station Renovations & Charity Status Established

Further government money is secured for containment actions on the Cable Building in Knightstown. The Foundation is established as a Company Limited by Guarantee and achieves charitable status by year end. A tender is launched to develop the Valentia Cable Station Heritage Centre Business Plan. Good progress is made in..Read More


Canada updates World Heritage Tentative List

Heart’s Content Cable Station, Newfoundland was formally recognised as a Canadian national treasure, and included with seven other locations in that country’s updated list of Tentative World Heritage sites. It proposes a transnational application with Valentia sites.

Inaugural Valentia Lecture Series

The inaugural Valentia Island Lecture is held in the Cable Station chaired by IDA CEO Martin Shanahan and keynote speaker Professor Jeffrey Garten from Yale (both pictured above) addressing a large audience on the topic of globalisation. The IDA and BT Ireland are premium sponsors. “the notion to me that..Read More

Skellig Coast & the Cable Story

Cable project is included in Kerry County Council Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2016 – 2022. Cable Building Restoration begins.

150th Anniversary | Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation

150th Anniversary

Paper 2 is completed, demonstrating that the Trans-Atlantic cable is of Outstanding Universal Value. The 150th Anniversary celebrations welcome representatives from the US and Canadian embassies, the Irish government and industry leaders to Valentia. The events are reported on national television and radio. The Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation Board is..Read More

Paper 2 Funded

Funding secured from Intel Ireland to complete Paper 2, in order to assess further the possibility of UNESCO World Heritage status. Valentia Island World Heritage is included in the County Kerry Economic Development Plan and coordinated with the 150th Cable Anniversary celebration plans in NY and DC USA, London UK,..Read More