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Ireland’s Kerry Footballer & Minister Deenihan Credits Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams for “Doing More for Irish Tourism than Anybody Else!” Announced on Radio Kerry on Ballybunion’s Marconi Day!

From right to left: Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams, Former Kerry Footballer & Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Radio Kerry Broadcaster Deirdre Walsh

on March 19, 2019 Celebrating Marconi Day

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At the 100th Anniversary events on  Ballybunion Day, in County Kerry, Ireland, March 29, 2019 commemorating the first voice radio message transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean from Ballybunion to  Nova  Scotia, Canada by the Father of Radio, Guglielmo Marconi, Stephanie Abrams was invited to be present for this historic event at which Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra, recreated that very first voice transmission across the Atlantic to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Marconi’s heritage was both Italian and Irish given his mother was Annie Jameson of the Jameson Irish Whiskey family. This Irish connection  is a great source of pride for h his daughter, Princess Elettra Giovanelli, who wears green outfits whenever she is in Ireland, and her son, Prince Guglielmo Giovanelli Marconi who was also in attendance.

Jimmy Deenihan, famous Kerry Footballer and former Fine Gael politician who has served as  Minister of State for the Diaspora from 2014 to 2016, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from 2011 to 2014 and Minister  of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry from 1994 to 1997, invited Stephanie Abrams to be present for this event.  Radio Kerry’s host/presenter Deridre Walsh was on hand at Ballybunion Day celebrating Marconi’s historic launch of the use of wireless voice radio across the Atlantic. She invited Deenihan and Abrams aboard  the  Radio Kerry Bus equipped with satellite communications tools to broadcast live interviews with the Marconis, Deenihan and Abrams, among others.

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams with Princess Elettra Giovanelli Marconi and  her son, Gugielmo Giovanelli Marconi on Radio Kerry’s broadcast bus

Deirdre Walsh questioned Jimmy Deenihan first, stating, “Delighted to see you Jimmy Deenihan! You’ve brought Stephanie Abrams. Tell us why!”  Deenihan’s reply made me very proud to be included in this very special and historic day.  Minister Deenihan replied to Deirdre Walsh’s question saying: “Well, she’s a huge broadcaster in America and she has done more for Irish tourism than anybody else, I’d say. And she’s been working closely with Tourism Ireland promoting all of Ireland but especially Kerry. Actually, she did a special promotion on West Kerry that was very, very beneficial to West Kerry and resulted in large numbers of people coming from America because of the promotion that Stephanie gave West Kerry .. . . but that was last year. But she’s been a true friend of Ireland and a friend of Kerry and very most importantly so, a friend of Ballybunion’s.”  The entire interview can be heard, starting at 20:50 at Radio Kerry’s Ballybunion Day podcast.

Other at Ballybunnion’s Marconi celebration included Irish political leaders, key leaders from County Kerry,  US radio and TV broadcaster, Stephanie Abrams, Mark Leslie, CEO of Ireland based  Martello Media, and the Marconi descendants. Guglielmo Giovanelli Marconi was in attendance with his bride, Princess Vittoria. Also on hand for the recreation of the March 19, 1919 transmission of the wireless voice radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean were broadcast crew from Ireland’s RTE Radio, Radio Kerry FM, and Stephanie Abrams producing program content for her radio shows, Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams and Travelers411, and her TV Show, Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams which is available to over 30 million US TV households as well as on the BizTV channel on ROKU. Episode 21 of her TV show features the events and is expected to broadcast at the end of May, 2019.


A street in Balllybunion, County Kerry Ireland, honoring the work of Marconi 100 years ago!


Visiting the Lartigue Monorail & Train Museum in Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland:

From right to left: Jimmy Deenihan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Mark Leslie, Stephanie Abrams,

Princess Elettra Giovanelli Marconi, Prince Guglielmo Marconi & his wife, Princess Vittoria

The irony of the uniqueness of this occasion was not lost on Deidre and Stephanie whose professional lives are built on the systems and tools created by Marconi. Those tools include the invention of a unique antenna necessary for wireless transmissions as well as creating the basis for radar, cell phones and satellite communications. Princess Elettra Marconi is quick to remind all in earshot from the Radio Kerry transmission that, “My father was a genius!”  All listening acknowledged their agreement!


Dedication of plaque commemorating  100th Anniversary on March 19, 2019 of Marconi sending 1st  wireless voice message across the Atlantic Ocean from Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland to Nova Scotia, Canada on March 19, 1919. Left of the plaque are Prince Marconi, Minister Griffin from Co. Kerry, Princess Vittoria Giovanelli Marconi. To the right are Princess Elettra Marconi and Jimmy Deenihan, former Kerry Footballer and former Minister of Irish Government.

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