Valentia Island News

Valentia Transatlantic Cable – 7th Annual Lecture


On Friday, July 28th the 7th Valentia Lecture returned to the historic Cable Station with a new theme “A Vision for Ireland and its Place in the Digital World “

We were delighted to be joined by Mr Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Dr Nicola Millard, Principal Innovation Partner at BT, Entrepreneur Mr Norman Crowley of Cool Planet, and cable security expert, Dr Camino Kavanagh.

In addressing the theme of this year’s Lecture, the speakers discussed topics including;

  • The future of Ireland’s economy in a connected world
  • The opportunity of Ireland being the greenest country on Earth
  • The role of Ireland in the security of subsea cables
  • Trends shaping the future of work


This year we again hosted an online “link-up” with Hearts Content in Newfoundland Canada, featuring a greeting from each country’s Ambassador and updates from both sides of the Atlantic on the hopes and plans for achieving UNESCO heritage status for this transnational project.

The Lecture was followed by a gala dinner at the Royal Hotel in which Her Excellency, Ms Nancy Smyth, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, on her third visit to Valentia, delivered an after-dinner address, following a welcome from Mr. Shay Walsh, MD of BT Ireland. We welcomed over 140 guests to the dinner, our largest yet, and many thanks to the staff at the Royal for taking care of us so well.

The Gala dinner also saw the closing on Friday the ‘online’ silent auction. Over 30 items were offered for auction including unique Kerry jerseys, bespoke hotel accommodation packages and golf outings. In addition, there was a draw for a pair of economy class tickets with Air Canada from Dublin to either Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean. We are delighted to say that over €20k was raised with the auction and we would like to sincerely thank all those who donated and bid on the auction.




The Foundation is very grateful to the team at Aspen Grove who coordinated the auction, along with our sponsors this year, BT Ireland and National Broadband Ireland.


Article by: Leonard Hobbs

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