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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 Deidre Walsh on March 19, 2019 Celebrating Marconi Day

At the 100th Anniversary events of Ballybunion Day, in County Kerry, Ireland, March 29th, 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 whose heritage was both Italian and Irish given his mother was Annie Jameson of the Jameson Irish Whiskey family, Jimmy Deenihan, Ireland’s 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, was on hand to participate in this extraordinary event.  Radio Kerry’s host/presenter Deidre Walsh was on hand at Ballybunion Day celebrating Marconi’s historic launch of the use of wireless radio with the Radio Kerry bus equipped with satellite communications tools to broadcast live interviews with the Marconi family and with Jimmy Deenihan and Stephanie Abrams, among others.  Deidre Walsh questioned Jimmy Deenihan first, stating, “Delighted to see you Jimmy Deenihan! You’ve brought Stephanie Abrams. Tell us why!”  Deenihan’s reply, according to Stephanie Abrams, “made me very proud to be included in this very special and historic day.”

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams with Princess Elettra Giovanelli Marconi with her son, Gugielmo Giovanelli Marconi looking on at celebration of Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless voice message.

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 and she’s been 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.  Stephanie will tell you more about that. 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 broadcast.

Former Minister Jimmy Deenihan posing with Princess Elettra Giovanelli in Ballybunion after recreating broadcast from Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Other Irish political leaders, key leaders from County Kerry,  US radio and TV broadcaster, Stephanie Abrams, Mark Leslie, CEO of Ireland based  Martello Media, and Guests of Honor Princess Elettra Giavanelli Marconi, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, and her son, Marconi’s grandson and namesake, Guglielmo Giavanelli Marconi and his wife, Princess Vittoria, were all on hand for the recreation of the March 19, 1919 transmission of the wireless voice radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean which was attended by 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.

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

Visitng 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 Gugielmo 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 Marconi. To the right are Princess Elettra Marconi and Jimmy Deenihan, former Kerry Footballer and former Minister of Irish Government.

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