Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

Valentia Island was the landing point for the Transatlantic Cables, starting with the attempts in 1852, until the successful cables of 1865-1866. The first message was sent on 11 Aug 1858, but that cable failed within a month. Shortly afterward, it was found easier to land them on the mainland at nearby points of Ballinskelligs and Waterville (1870). They were also landed at Ballycarbery and/or Cooncroum, on the mainland a bit north of Valentia, and then continued across the bay to Valentia [1]. Service ended in 1966. There is a small museum near Knightstown, Valentia, and several of the buildings survive. The actual station near Waterville also survives.

References (show)

  1. Hammond, Reginald J. W., ed. The Complete Ireland A survey of the principal resorts and places of interest. Ward Lock, 2nd ed, 1966. p.149

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