Full speed ahead for West Cork's Allihies to get high-speed broadband

A remote rural parish famous for its copper mines is set to get wired for the future.

Telecoms company Eir confirmed yesterday that it will deliver high-speed broadband to Allihies in West Cork after its entry in the company’s nationwide Fibre to the Home competition landed a runner-up spot.

The delivery will bring broadband speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (1 Gigabit) directly into the homes and businesses of the scenic West Cork parish on the shores of the Atlantic.

Pádraig O’Sullivan, the principal of Cahermore NS and spokesperson for the parish’s entry, said it was fantastic news for the entire community.

“We put a lot of time and work into the entry and we are delighted we will be on the fibre highway sooner than we thought,” he said.

“It will make an enormous difference to the lives of the people living and working here.”

The competition, which was launched in June by open eir, the wholesale division of eir, invited communities across Ireland to outline how being “fibre powered” would positively impact their lives, their businesses and their homes.

The competition was open to communities with no access to high-speed broadband, and who are awaiting the deployment of the National Broadband Plan.

The company, which received entries from 36 communities across the country, chose Munterconnaught in Co Cavan as the overall winner.

However, CEO Richard Moat said such was the quality of the entries, Eir decided to add four additional communities as runner ups and deliver high- speed fibre broadband to them sooner than expected.

The people of Portmagee, Ogonelloe, and Mountshannon were also chosen as runners up.

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