« BackCampaign underway on Valentia Island to attain UNESCO World Heritage site status

Transatlantic CableA campaign is underway on Valentia Island to get UNESCO World Heritage status for the site from where the first successful transatlantic cable was laid.

This week the island is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the laying of the cable from Foilhommerum Bay on Valentia Island to Heart’s Content in Newfoundland.

If successful, the Valentia bid will be the third UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ireland and the second in South Kerry. The other sites to have achieved the status are Newgrange and Skellig Michael.

Chief executive of the IDA and Kerry man, Martin Shanahan, and Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell are already part of The Cable Foundation that’s making the bid.

Its chairman, Leonard Hobbs, says the process is quite difficult and could take up to four years. The whole project could run to several million euro but Mr Hobbs says it’s a fantastic opportunity for the island.