€1.27m boost for Valen­tia Cable Sta­tion am­bi­tions

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

THE join­ing of Valen­tia and Heart’s Con­tent of Canada in the mid-1800s by the trans-At­lantic cable spawned to­day’s in­ter­net of world wide com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

It was as sig­nif­i­cant in im­por­tance as the orig­i­nal land­ing on the moon.

In recog­ni­tion of this, the Valen­tia Is­land Devel­op­ment Com­pany (VIDC) and Valen­tia Is­land Transat­lantic Cable Foun­da­tion Board are en­deav­our­ing to present the his­toric cable as a UN­ESCO World In­dus­trial Her­itage Com­mu­ni­ca­tions site.

It is also the in­ten­tion of the Valen­tia Cable Foun­da­tion Board to es­tab­lish a dig­i­tal hub (spon­sored by BT) up­stairs in the cable build­ing, with top-of-the-range, high-speed broad­band as a huge in­cen­tive to re-es­tab­lish tech­no­log­i­cal em­ploy­ment which once ex­isted there.

It will also com­prise of a cable mu­seum and a high-qual­ity con­fer­ence cen­tre.

Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, was a great day for such dig­i­tal am­bi­tions, as the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a grant of €1.27m for the project.

This is in ad­di­tion to the €161,000 granted last month for the project from Fáilte Ire­land.

All of this money must be spent in 2019.

There will be ad­di­tional pri­vate fund­ing, which will bring the to­tal sum to €1.5m. Valen­tia Is­land Devel­op­ment Com­pany and the Cable Foun­da­tion Board want to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all the lo­cal busi­nesses for sub­mit­ting out­stand­ing ar­ti­cles of sup­port for the project.

The Cable Foun­da­tion’s An­thony O’Con­nell said as fol­lows:

“With­out these and the great work of Moira Mur­rell and her team, led by John Grif­fin at KCC, this would have been near im­pos­si­ble to ac­com­plish, as it was a com­pet­i­tive process.

“Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin gave it great sup­port start­ing as far back as last Fe­bru­ary, when he vis­ited the Sta­tion with the Pres­i­dent, and three days later went to Heart’s Con­tent with the Head of Tourism Ire­land.

“Adding to these, we got let­ters of sup­port from IT Tralee, Trin­ity Col­lege, BT, the Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land, and many more.

“Míle buíochas.”

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