The community in Valentia will learn later this month if their bid to have the Transatlantic Cable Station join the prestigious UNESCO world heritage site list has been successful.
Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, has received confirmation from the Minister for Heritage that the tentative list of new projects that Ireland intends to put forward for UNESCO status will be announced this month and hopes are high in Valentia that they will be included on the list which would transform the future of the island.
The Department of Heritage launched a call for applications in January 2019 to update Ireland’s Tentative List of World Heritage Properties. Six applications were received including the Valentia site.
“The Transatlantic Cable project is an amazing story and ticks all the boxes for inclusion on the Tentative List in my view. A huge amount of work has gone into getting the project to where it is today and I hope the announcement later this month will bring good news for Valentia and for everyone who has worked so hard to get here, especially the local people, Kerry County Council and in particular, the dedicated members of the Valentia Transatlantic Cable Foundation,” said Deputy Griffin.
“Tentative List status will begin a new chapter for the project but will be a vital step in achieving much deserved UNESCO World Heritage Status, which will bring many benefits for Valentia and Kerry for generations to come.”
A place on the list does not guarantee world heritage status which will ultimately be decided by UNESCO.