Pres­i­dent to visit Valen­tia Ob­ser­va­tory and Ca­ble Sta­tion

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THIS Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17, marks an his­toric day for the Ca­her­siveen and Valen­tia ar­eas as Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins pays a spe­cial visit.

His itin­er­ary will take in the Valen­tia Ob­ser­va­tory at 12.30pm and the Valen­tia Ca­ble Sta­tion at 2pm.

The Pres­i­dent will be wel­comed and ad­dressed by the Valen­tia Is­land De­vel­op­ment Com­pany and the Valen­tia Transat­lantic Ca­ble Foun­da­tion Board, which was es­tab­lished to as­sist the Valen­tia Is­land De­vel­op­ment Com­pany with fundrais­ing for the Transat­lantic Ca­ble UN­ESCO World Her­itage Des­ig­na­tion Project.

The Pres­i­dent vis­its Valen­tia Ob­ser­va­tory to mark its ac­cred­i­ta­tion as a Cen­ten­nial Sta­tion.

The World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WMO) awarded Valen­tia Ob­ser­va­tory a cer­tifi­cate of ac­cred­i­ta­tion as a Cen­ten­nial Sta­tion in ac­knowl­edge­ment of over 100 years of high qual­ity con­tin­u­ous me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ob­ser­va­tions.

Every­one is wel­come to at­tend. In­ter­est­ingly, the last Pres­i­dent to visit Valen­tia in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity was Mary McAleese, who did so over 10 years ago.

She crossed via the Valen­tia Car Ferry, ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band Martin and was en­ter­tained in the ferry with a ren­der­ing of bag­pipe mu­sic by John Lynch of Far­ran­reigh, a bag­pipe player and vet­eran of the hal­cyon days of the Valen­tia Pipe Band.

Ms McAleese has reg­u­larly be seen in the area since her ten­ure ended.

Mean­while, on Fri­day evening at 8pm, Pres­i­dent Hig­gins will be in the West Kerry Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuib­hne for the tra­di­tional mu­sic school and fes­ti­val Scoil Cheoil an Ear­raigh.

The Pres­i­dent will ad­dress the guests, ahead of a spe­cial con­cert en­ti­tled ‘Mór­tas Cine’ (Pride of Peo­ple and of Place) in Halla na Feothanaigh, Feothanach.

Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins will make the trip to Valen­tia this Satur­day.

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