THE Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearn, may make the trip to Valentia Island to commemorate the historical connection between the Kerry beauty spot and Newfoundland.
It's part of the Valentia Isle Festival and follows news this week that The Valentia Isle Festival has formed a partnership with Music Newfoundland to commemorate the connection between the two.
In 1866 the first ever transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully laid between Valentia and 'Hearts Content' in Newfoundland and, to celebrate that link, artists from Newfoundland have been invited to join the local festival programme.
Festival organisers say they are excited at the prospect of welcoming musicians from the Canadian province and there are hopes that the ambassador may make the trip too. The ambassador said the link was a tremendous opportunity to enhance the relationships using music.
"The Valentia Isle Festival connecting with Music Newfoundland cements the ties that have been in place since the laying of the transatlantic cable," the ambassador added.
Juno Award winner Amelia Curran will be one of the Newfoundland artists travelling to the event which will be held this weekend (September 14-16) and organisers say they hope to extend an annual invitation for musicians and artists from Newfoundland.
Set on a four-acre festival site on Shore Road, Knightstown, there will be three main stages, art installations, food stalls, bars and chill out areas. The festival is based around Valentia Island Half Marathon which will be held on the Saturday.
Festival day tickets are priced at €39.50 and weekend tickets €79.50 without camping and €94.50 with camping. Visit www.valentiaislefestival.com.