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Valentia Island road signCelebrations will take place today in Valentia Island to mark the 150th anniversary of the first transatlantic communication.

A live link will be made with Hearts Content, the point where the cable comes ashore on the Canadian side.

On this day 150 years ago at 2:30 pm, the first communication was made between Valentia cable station and the cable station in Hearts Content, Canada.

At 5pm, a simultaneous unveiling of commemorative marine bollards will also take place in both locations.

The celebrations will finish with a historical lecture entitled The Trans-Atlantic cable of 1866 by Bill Burns.

Fiona Lyne is Communications Officer with the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Festival.