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Valentia Lecture 2020

Valentia Lecture 2020

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Established in 2017, the Valentia Island Lecture Series has featured speakers from the worlds of academia, politics, diplomacy, commerce and technology underpinning the impacts that the birth of global communications, originating from Valentia Island in 1866, have made on every facet of modern society.


About the event
2020 sees the Lecture move online in an exciting new format including a link with our Canadian partners in Hearts Content, Newfoundland – a connection spanning 160 years.


The lecture will take place from 3:00pm to 4.30pm and include Ms. Sharon McCoey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland and Mr David McCourt, Chairman and CEO Granahan McCourt Capital and Chairman National Broadband Ireland in conversation with Ms. Ann O Dea, CEO of SiliconRepublic.com. The key notes will be streamed from the historic Cable Station to an international audience.


This year we will also be hosting a live link up with Hearts Content in Newfoundland Canada, featuring a fireside chat broadcast from the Royal Hotel, Valentia from 5:00pm to 6:30pm between the two communities and music performances on both sides of the Atlantic. This event will include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the communities.



2:45pmEvent platform open to attendees
3:00pmWelcome to the 4th Lecture, Leonard Hobbs, Chairperson, Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation
3:15pmSharon McCooey, Senior Director International Operations / Head of Linkedin Ireland
3:45pmAnn O Dea of Silicon Republic in conversation with David McCourt, chairman National Broadband Ireland
4:15 – 5:00pmInterlude
5:00pmWelcome to community and culture exchange, Joe McGill of Radio Kerry
5:05pmWelcome from the Irish Ambassador to Canada, Mr Eamonn McKee

Welcome from the Canadian Embassy in Ireland, with Chargée d’affaire, Ms Sabine Nolke

5:15pmSigning of MOU in Valentia with Mr Michael Lyne, Chairperson, Valentia Island Development Company

Signing of MOU in Heart’s Content with Mayor Fred Cumby

5:30pmIntroduction to Heart’s Content Cultural Exchange with Gerry Osmond, Director of Arts and Heritage, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Music performance from Heart’s Content

5:50pm“Cable memories” panel discussion hosted by Joe McGill
6:15pmMusic performance from Valentia
6:30pm“It’s a small world”


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09-Oct-2020 to



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