County Kerry: Transatlantic Cable

The linking of the American continent with Europe was one of the major telecommunication advances of the 19th century. Kerry's geographical position, on the edge of Europe, made it a prime location for the first transatlantic cable. After several attempts, a successful working link was established in 1866 with a cable running from Newfoundland to Valentia Island. The Anglo-American Telegraph Company erected terraces of housing and other facilities for the staff working there.

Cable Station, SPUNKANE, Waterville, County Kerry

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Detached eight-bay single and two-storey former cable station, dated 1899, comprising four-bay two-storey double-gable-fronted main block with single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting porch to ground floor approached by flight of steps. Four-bay side elevations having four-bay single-storey over raised basement wing to south. Two-bay single-storey return to rear to west. Later in use as hostel. Now…


Iveragh Lodge, SPUNKANE, Waterville, County Kerry

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Detached L-plan four-bay two-storey former fishing lodge, dated 1858, comprising two-bay single-storey range with half-dormer attic, single-bay single-storey projecting porch to front, single-bay two-storey recessed end bay to right and single-bay two-storey gabled projecting end bay to left with single-storey canted bay window to ground floor. Two-bay two-storey double-gable-fronted side elevation to east with single-storey…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with dormer attic, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of six. Now in use as private house. Entrance bay to side elevation to north having single-bay single-storey gabled projecting glazed porch to ground floor. Two-bay single-storey return with dormer attic to rear to west. Hipped Valencia…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced three-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with dormer attic, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of six. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with square rooflight to west, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, yellow clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced three-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with dormer attic, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of six. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with square rooflight to west, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, yellow clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced three-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with dormer attic, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of six. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with square rooflight to west, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, yellow clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced three-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with dormer attic, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of six. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with square rooflight to west, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, yellow clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with dormer attic, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of six. Now in use as private house. Entrance bay to side elevation to south having single-bay single-storey gabled projecting glazed porch to ground floor. Two-bay single-storey return with dormer attic to rear to west. Hipped Valencia…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house with canted bay window to right ground floor, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of three. Now in use as private house. Entrance bay to side elevation to north having single-bay single-storey gabled projecting glazed porch to ground floor. Two-bay single-storey return with dormer attic to…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of three. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, yellow clay pots and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls with moulded rendered plait band to first floor, bracketed…


Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of three. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with pitched section to centre to south, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, yellow clay pots and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls with moulded rendered…


Knightstown Cable Station, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Detached eleven-bay two-storey former cable station, established 1858, comprising five-bay two-storey main block with three-bay single-storey recessed entrance bay having dormer attic to centre with finned triangular pediments over approached by flight of steps, single-bay two-storey advanced flanking bays and three-bay two-storey recessed end pavilion blocks having single-bay two-storey breakfronts with pilaster strips. Four-bay two-storey…


Old Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace double-pile two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of four. Now in use as private house. Entrance bay to side elevation to north having single-bay single-storey gabled projecting glazed porch to ground floor. Two-bay single-storey return with dormer attic to rear to west. Hipped Valencia slate roof…


Old Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced double-pile two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of four. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with pitched section to centre to north, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls with moulded…


Old Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced double-pile two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of four. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with pitched section to centre to north, concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls with moulded…


Old Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace double-pile two-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1860, as part of a terrace of four. Now in use as private house. Hipped and pitched Valencia slate roof with concrete ridge tiles, two nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots and cast-iron rainwater goods. Painted nap rendered walls with moulded rendered plait band to…


10 New Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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End-of-terrace five-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1900, as part of a terrace of ten, forming advanced end bay of the terrace. Now in use as private house. Hipped and pitched Valencia slate roof with concrete ridge tiles, four nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Nap rendered…


9 New Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced five-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1900, as part of a terrace of ten. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with concrete ridge tiles, four nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Nap rendered walls with full-height pilaster strips having moulded necking, frieze…


8 New Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced five-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1900, as part of a terrace of ten. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with concrete ridge tiles, four nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Nap rendered walls with full-height pilaster strips having moulded necking, frieze…


7 New Cable Terrace, The Promenade, FARRANREAGH, Knightstown, County Kerry

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Terraced five-bay two-storey former cable worker's house, built c. 1900, as part of a terrace of ten. Now in use as private house. Pitched Valencia slate roof with concrete ridge tiles, four nap rendered chimneystacks, red clay pots, timber eaves and cast-iron rainwater goods. Nap rendered walls with full-height pilaster strips having moulded necking, frieze…