Valentia cable connection of greater historical importance than internet

Globalisation cannot be stopped but must be managed better.

That’s according to Professor Jeffrey Garten who’s been giving the inaugural Valentia Island lecture about the significance of the island’s transatlantic cable station – a world first more than 150 years ago.

Professor Garten from Yale University, who’s served several US administrations, says
the connection made at Valentia changed the world dramatically.


He says it propelled globalisation forward but the pace of change now presents challenges for governments


This weekend’s events at Valentia have been organised by the Valentia Island Transatlantic Cable Foundation.

The foundation is promoting efforts for UNESCO World Heritage status to be granted to the island.

Professor Garten says the connection made between Newfoundland in Canada and Valentia in 1866 was the greatest leap forward in history.