July 7, 2022

Valentia Lecture and Gala Dinner 2022

We are making steady progress in our pursuit of UNESCO Heritage status for the Transatlantic Cable ensemble at Valentia in County Kerry which in the mid 1850’s was propelled into the centre of world communications thus beginning Ireland’s transformation from being at the edge of the old world to being at the centre of the new globally connected world.  
On the afternoon of Friday July 22nd 2022, we look forward to hosting the 6th Valentia Lecture which will revisit the topic of globalisation with the theme  “Globalisation – Our Interconnected and Interdependent World”. The lecture will take place at the historic Cable Station in Knightstown and will be followed by a gala dinner that evening at the Royal Hotel for our contributors and  guests. We will be joined by the new US Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Claire D. Cronin, who will deliver
a keynote speech on the topic.
The key note will be followed by a  panel discussion, chaired by the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Nancy Smyth, on the
topic “Regional Development Redefined in a Remote working World”. This year we will again link-up with Hearts Content in Newfoundland Canada, to host a discussion between young adults from both communities on the topic “The Future of the Global Citizen” followed by an exchange of musical performances.

We very much look forward to returning to a full in person experience for the Lecture and Gala Dinner this year. There is no admittance charge to the Lecture at the Cable Station but as numbers are restricted please register here >> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentia-island-lecture-and-gala-dinner-2022-tickets-372015958747 <<. Please note that there will be no parking available at the Cable Station.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are priced at €60 and can be purchased
at >> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentia-island-lecture-and-gala-dinner-2022-tickets-372015958747 <<. A full sponsorship pack is available upon request.

Established in 2017, the Valentia Island Lecture Series has featured speakers from the worlds of academia, politics, diplomacy, commerce and technology underpinning the impacts that the birth of global communications, originating from Valentia Island in 1866, have made on every facet of modern society.

The History of the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

In 1858, Europe and North America were connected via the undersea transatlantic telegraph cable, that reduced communication times from weeks to minutes, in an achievement now considered the 19th century equivalent of putting a man on the moon.

Valentia Lecture

Globalisation – Our Interconnected and Interdependent World


Welcome to the 6th Valentia Lecture

Leonard HobbsChairperson Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation



Shay Walsh, MD of BT Ireland



Eddie Hobbs, Wealth Management Advisor, Author, Broadcaster and Commentator



Ambassador Claire D. Cronin, United States Ambassador to Ireland


Panel session – Regional Development Redefined in a Remote Working World

Chair Ambassador Nancy Smyth, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland

June O’Connell, Founder and Director, Skellig Distillers Limited

Garry Connolly, President and Founder, Host in Ireland and other guests

Connecting with Canada

17:30 Greetings from the Ambassadors Eamonn McKee and Nancy Smyth
The Future of the Global Citizen
Fireside chat with young adults across the Atlantic
18:30 Music exchange between Valentia and Hearts Content
20:00 Gala Dinner @ Royal Hotel Valentia
  • All talks are being recorded and all times listed are local Irish Summer Time (IST) & may be subject to change.

The first message transmitted over the 3,000 kilometre cable was a note of congratulations from Queen Victoria to US President James Buchanan, sent from Valentia Island in County Kerry to Newfoundland, Canada.

This was the first step and a permanent connection was established in July 1866 between Valentia and Hearts Content in Newfoundland. Instant communication was now a reality – and Valentia was at the centre of the revolution: a small island off the coast of Ireland became the point at which modern globalisation began.

“Now, almost every considerable expanse of water will be traversed by the slender cords which bind continents and islands together and practically bring the human race into one great family “– American Scientific, 1870

Communication technology has evolved rapidly since the first transatlantic message from Valentia in 1858 and continues to shape how we live, learn and work – particularly in a COVID-impacted world.

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