#OTD in 1866 – Completion of the first submarine cable link underneath the Atlantic, from Valentia Island, Co Kerry to Trinity Bay, Newfoundland.

The 1866 submarine cable snaked along the Atlantic Ocean seabed to connect Telegraph Field at Foilhommerum Bay on Valentia Island, Co Kerry (Ireland) to Heart’s Content in Newfoundland (now part of Canada). The 1866 cable wasn’t actually the first trans-Atlantic submarine cable though; it was the fourth attempt, though the first which was successful, after […]

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#OTD in 587 – St Brendan the Navigator, early transatlantic voyager, dies.

In 484 St. Brendan was born in Ciarraighe Luachra near the port of Tralee, in Co Kerry, in the province of Munster, in the South West of Ireland. He was baptised at Tubrid, near Ardfert, by Saint Erc. He spent his first year with his parents, then he went to the home of the local […]

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#OTD in 1978 – Death of Máire Bean Ui Sheaghdha (née Cremin) who was known locally as ‘Mary Geo’.

She played a valuable role in preserving an account of island customs and traditions. Her death heralded the passing of one of the last remaining true and fluent Irish language speakers who inherited the language from the cradle, or ‘on gcliabhán’ as described in Irish. For more than 10 years she competed in storytelling competitions […]

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#OTD – Feast Day of Saint Darerca of Ireland, sister of Saint Patrick.

St Darerca is patroness of Valentia Island, the westernmost point of Co Kerry. Much obscurity is attached to her history, and it is not easy to disentangle the facts of her history from the network of legend which medieval writers interwove with her acts. Her fame, apart from her relationship to Ireland’s national apostle, stands […]

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Telegraph Field | Valentia Island, Co Kerry

Valentia Island was chosen as the eastern terminus of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, from Heart’s Content, Newfoundland. A monument at Telegraph Field, at the western end of the island, commemorates the establishment of the first permanent communications link between Europe and North America in 1866. The telegraph station here continued in operation until 1966, […]

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St. Brendan’s Well | Valentia Island, Co Kerry

Legend has it that St. Brendan ‘the Navigator’ sailed here from Dingle in the 5th century, scaled the cliffs, found a couple of dying pagans and anointed them – the first Christian converts on the island. It is known as Tobar Olla Bhréanáin, the well of St Brendan’s anointing. There is a leacht or altar built […]

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#OTD in 587 – St Brendan the Navigator, early transatlantic voyager, dies.

In 484 St. Brendan was born in Ciarraighe Luachra near the port of Tralee, in Co Kerry, in the province of Munster, in the South West of Ireland. He was baptised at Tubrid, near Ardfert, by Saint Erc. He spent his first year with his parents, then he went to the home of the local […]

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#OTD in 1978 – Death of Máire Bean Ui Sheaghdha (née Cremin) who was known locally as ‘Mary Geo’.

She played a valuable role in preserving an account of island customs and traditions. Her death heralded the passing of one of the last remaining true and fluent Irish language speakers who inherited the language from the cradle, or ‘on gcliabhán’ as described in Irish. For more than 10 years she competed in storytelling competitions […]

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#OTD – Feast Day of Saint Darerca of Ireland, sister of Saint Patrick.

St Darerca is patroness of Valentia Island, the westernmost point of Co Kerry. Much obscurity is attached to her history, and it is not easy to disentangle the facts of her history from the network of legend which medieval writers interwove with her acts. Her fame, apart from her relationship to Ireland’s national apostle, stands […]

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#OTD in 587 – St Brendan the Navigator, early transatlantic voyager, dies.

In 484 St. Brendan was born in Ciarraighe Luachra near the port of Tralee, in Co Kerry, in the province of Munster, in the South West of Ireland. He was baptised at Tubrid, near Ardfert, by Saint Erc. He spent his first year with his parents, then he went to the home of the local […]

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