September 21, 2021

Valentia Lecture 2021

On the afternoon of Friday, 1 October 2021 we look forward to hosting the 5th Valentia Lecture which will revisit the topic of globalisation with the theme “ Globalisation – Our Interconnected and interdependent World “

We are excited to announce an international panel of speakers which will include Ms. Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, along with Mr Donie O Sullivan, CNN Correspondent who will join RTE’s Katie Hannon in a fireside chat.

This year we will again be hosting an online “link-up” with Hearts Content in Newfoundland Canada, in which political leaders from both sides of the Atlantic will speak to the theme “Lessons Learned from the Edge of the Atlantic“

We look forward to you joining us for this online event which will be broadcast from the historic Cable Station at Valentia in two parts. Please register now and we will forward you login details closer to the event.

Thank you for your continued support and we will look forward to welcoming you for what promises to be another stimulating lecture in our ongoing series.

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PART 1 Valentia Lecture “Globalisation – Our Interconnected and interdependent World“ at the Cable Station

  • 2.00pm -  Welcome to the 5th Valentia Lecture - Leonard Hobbs, Chairperson Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation
  • 2.15pm - Keynote: Ms. Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union
  • 2.45pm - Keynote: Mr Donie O Sullivan, CNN Correspondent, at the intersection of Politics and Technology in conservation with RTE's Katie Hannon
  • 3.15pm - "Globalisation in a post Covid World" Panel Discussion with an International audience, chaired by Professor Maggie Cusack, President MTU
  • 4.00pm - Lecture Concludes

PART 2 Connecting with Canada - "Lessons Learned from the Edge of the Atlantic"

  • 6.15pm - Greetings from the Irish Ambassadors to Canada, Mr Eamonn McKee and Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Nancy Smyth
  • 6.30pm - Regional Development
    • Minister Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation,
    • Minister Foley, Minster of Education
  • 7.10pm - Fireside chat with entrepreneurs from Valentia and Hearts Contents regions
  • 7.40pm - Evening Concludes