Plans are advancing to provide free wifi to the first of Cork county’s large provincial towns.
The initiative in Mallow will be in place by summertime.
A free wifi service is currently available in some of Cork City’s streets.
Cork County Council, along with Kerry and Louth, are among the first to bring free wifi to larger towns.
The council’s IT department has confirmed it wants to have the complimentary service operational by the summer, so it can be enjoyed not just by locals but tourists visiting Mallow.
It will be streamed from the council-run Mallow library, adjacent to the Plaza.
Surveying and testing of the proposed wifi strengths required will be carried out by the IT staff over the coming weeks.
News of the project was delivered by council officials to Cllr John Paul O’Shea (Ind) at a meeting of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District.
The Plaza, designed by Cork County Council’s architects’ department, was unveiled by the President Michael D Higgins in November 2014.
The aim of the project was to deliver a recreational amenity for the people of Mallow and visitors to enjoy in the main street of the town, which is adjacent to the iconic Clock House and Mallow Castle.
The Plaza features a statue to the Mallow-born Young Irelander Thomas Davis, local stone paving, new lighting, seating and other street furniture.
“I believe that complimentary wifi has become an essential service for tourists and shoppers and I am delighted Cork County Council has come on board to assist the town of Mallow in improving what it has to offer as one of the largest towns in Cork,” Mr O’Shea said.
He said Mallow will be following similar towns like Killarney and Drogheda, who have already offered complimentary wifi.
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