Project highlights to date – from The Gathering in 2013, the 150th Anniversary celebrations in July 2016 and the inaugural Valentia Lecture series.
Valentia Cable World Heritage
Feasibility Paper Funded
Funding is secured to complete the Valentia Island, Ireland UNESCO World Heritage Feasibility Report.
Feasibility Paper 1 Published
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, Valentia Island Ireland, and Hearts Content Canada.
- 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 established.
Skellig Coast & the Cable Story
- Cable project is included in Kerry County Council Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2016 - 2022.
- Cable Building Restoration begins.
Skellig Coast Visitor Experience Development Plan Launched
The Transatlantic Cable is included as a major project on Fáilte Ireland’s Skellig Coast Visitor Experience Development Plan, which will involve the creation of an interactive experience relating the Cable story in Valentia.
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 this wouldn't be a UNESCO site is absurd" - Professor GartenVideos and photos of the lecture series and gala can be found at https://valentiacable.com/events
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.
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 securing ownership of the Cable Station.
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 https://youtu.be/TTHnu08xypQ
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 €285 Heritage Programme to maintain and protect heritage assets.
Valentia Lecture Series 2018
Speakers have been announced including Ms. Irina Bokova, Former Director General UNESCO . Book now on our Events page.
Celebrating the 1866 Newfoundland to Valentia inaugural Trans-Atlantic telegraph message with IET Ireland and Kerry Radio Club @ The Cable Station, Knightstown from 2pm - more details available at https://valentiacable.com/events/reconnecting-valentia-hearts-content-2018/