A radio documentary about Ireland and cable is available on podcast - Irelanf connects the world, have a listen ... http;//www.newstalk.com/podcasts/Documentary_on_Newstalk/
The Transatlantic cable formed an important part of the lives of generations of those who lived on Valentia Island and we are proud that Atlantic Villa is a part of that history, and indeed ourselves having the Canadian connection.
James Graves (1833 – 1911) For over a hundred years the Trans-Atlantic Cable formed an important part of the lives of those living on Valentia Island. Being the most westerly inhabited point in Europe the island became the terminus of the European end of the line. Valentia Island and Heart’s Content in Newfoundland, Canada were chosen because of the shortest distance across the Atlantic was between these two points. In the early years, every message crossing the Atlantic passed through the Station at Valentia under the supervision of James Graves, the first Superintendent. He worked for the Anglo American Telegraph Company for 44 years. His son Arthur Graves and his son Charlie Graves also worked at the Station and Graves family lived at Atlantic Villa until 1923. ... See MoreSee Less
A great day was had by all at "The Shine a light on Summer" festival at Cromwell Point Lighthouse. Thanks to the volunteers and to all who attended and supported the community project . Open Easter to September for guided tours and tea rooms. All welcome! ... See MoreSee Less
Shine a Light on Summer Lighthouse Festival The annual Shine a Light on Summer Lighthouse Festival promise to be a free, fun – filled day for family and friends on Sunday April 30th from 12 to 5pm at Cromwell Point Lighthouse on Valentia Island. Many of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland are holding similar events A range of free exciting activities such as a photography workshop and competition (advance registration essential at stephenpowerphotos.com),Bar – B – Que, guided tours of dwelling house and tower, Lifeboat manoeuvres, traditional music, discover life beneath the lighthouse workshops and much, much more ..... The event offers people the opportunity to discover the technology at work in lighthouses today, appreciate the spectacular natural world around this lighthouse and meet some of the people who are passionate about these unique places.
Irish lighthouses have for many centuries been the great beacons of our coastline, helping seafarers safely find their way. So what better way to celebrate their role in maritime life and their fascin...