Valentia Island Lecture and Gala Dinner 13 July 2018
14:00 - 23:30
The story of the world’s first transatlantic cable is an inspiring one. It has many elements including scientific endeavour, innovation, communication, risk taking, entrepreneurship, social responsibility, globalisation and ultimately jubilation as an international team from both sides of the Atlantic collaborated to achieve what was believed to be an impossible task. The Transatlantic cable reduced the time it took to communicate dramatically as what required 2 weeks by ship could now be done via the deep sea copper cables in minutes, thus beginning an era of global collaboration.
The then remote Valentia Island in County Kerry in Ireland played a major role in connecting the old and new worlds for the first time, placing Ireland at the ‘cross hairs’ of the emerging global communications industry. Indeed one could say that globalisation began at the edge of the then modern world with the successful connection of the cable between Valentia and Newfoundland, Canada, connecting London to New York, over 150 years ago. We are currently pursuing an initiative to propose a trans-national application for UNESCO heritage status for both sites.
In 2018 we celebrate the 160th anniversary of the first ever message being sent from Valentia Island in Co Kerry to Hearts Content in Newfoundland in which Queen Victoria sent a note of congratulations to President Buchanan of the United States.
“The Queen is convinced that the President will join with her in fervently hoping that the electric cable, which now connects Great Britain with the United States, will prove an additional link between the two places whose friendship is founded upon their common interests and reciprocal esteem."
The then remote Valentia Island in County Kerry in Ireland played a major role in this historic project, 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. Modern globalisation began with the successful connection of the cable between Valentia and Newfoundland, Canada and we are currently pursuing an initiative to propose a trans-national application for UNESCO heritage status for both sites.
To commemorate this historic project, we have established the ‘Valentia Island Lecture’ series for which the second event will be held on the historic island on Friday, 13 July this year.
The theme of the event will be “ Globalisation – Our Interconnected World “
We are excited to announce an international panel of speakers which will include;
Irina Bokova, former Director General at UNESCO
Professor Genevieve Bell, Australian National University & Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation
Professor Chris Morash, Vice Provost and the Seamus Heaney Professor in Irish Writing at TCD
Robert Mauro, Director at Global Leadership Institute at Boston College
The lecture will be held in the historic cable building in Knightstown on the afternoon of the 13th and will be followed by a gala dinner that evening at the Royal Hotel.
For futher information or to learn about sponsorship options, contact Leonard Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org