Today we chat with Deryck Fay about his new book, “Connecting A Nation, The Story of Telecommunications In Ireland”.
Many American citizens are proud of their Irish connections.
Ireland has figured prominently in the history of world telecom, with the first transatlantic cables emanating from Valencia Island in County Kerry. And, Telecom in Ireland has had a strong association with Irish social and economic progress . This book traces the history of telecom from telegraph, to telephone and straight through to television and to the internet and wireless services of today. Deryck is quite artful in providing the factual historical timeline for each new technology and also the social and political situation which stalled and later accelerated economic growth on the island.