Visit us at the Heritage Centre on Valentia

valentia heritage centre at the gathering

During The Transatlantic   Communication and Light Gathering.

We will be holding tours here in our centre. Stay tuned for further information on times.

In the meantime:

We invite you to come and visit our centre which is located here in knightowns on Valentia Island.

Our centre was founded by Tess O’ Connor. Tess opened the centre in 1986 as a volunteer run non profit Organisation, and remain so to the present time.

Our centre on Valentia is located in the   Knightstown National School, which was built in 1861, extended in 1911, and closed in 1976.

There are three main display rooms: The School-Room; Island and Harbour; and The Transatlantic Telegraph.

See what’s on view in each room on the Exhibits page, and click on the link at the bottom of this page more information on our activities and facilities.

This is not a museum so much as a meeting place of Today and Yesterday, of You and Us. No reverent hush – but a hubbub of lively conversation as people describe and compare their own histories and lifestyles.

Discover things to do, places to go, more people to meet, and each other.

In our ever more crowded, busy world, Valentia still offers a haven to the traveler  a tranquil, easy-going pace of life, a small, welcoming community which invites you to share its own special place.


We hope to see you soon

or visit us today here




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