Transatlantic cable - Birth of the Global Village
We are thrilled that Dr. Cornelia Connolly of the School of Education at NUI Galway recently donated a piece of the renowned 19th century transatlantic cable to the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland.
In 1866 a cable was laid down from Valentia island in Kerry to Newfoundland providing the first permanent electrical communications link between the continents of the Americas and Europe.
Thus began the Age of Global Communications with the west of Ireland becoming key hub in this network. Its importance was reinforced in 1907 when Guglielmo Marconi established the first regular radio communications service across the Altantic between Clifden in county Galway and Glace Bay in Canada.
Check out Cornelia's article on the Transatlantic Cable that was published in RTE's Brainstorm:
Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, it looks likely that the museum will not reopen to the public until early 2022.