September 26, 2020
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Kilcoole and Blessington among first to be connected under broadband plan

Two locations in Wicklow are among the first 35 areas to be connected under the National Broadband Plan.

The rollout of the network points in Kilcoole and Blessington are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

The first four locations to be wired up are around Limerick, Kilkenny and Galway, and the area around Carrigaline, south of Cork city followed by the remaining 31, most of which are in the east and the midlands.

Many of the network points, called optical line terminals, are to be installed in towns which are already serviced by high-speed broadband but they in turn will then be able to connect to premises 30km away.

In Clare, a station will be built at Kilkishen, east of Ennis. There will be two in Cork, at Carrigaline and Midleton.

One will be built in Cavan, near Cavan town, and in Carlow near Carlow town.

A single station is also planned for Donegal, near Letterkenny, and in Skerries in Dublin.

Three will be built in Galway, in the city, Gort and Ballinasloe. A single point will be built in Kilkenny and Longford, near each county town.

Two are destined for Louth, at Dundalk and Drogheda; one in Limerick city; one in Leitrim at Carrick-on-Shannon; and one in Portlaoise.

One will be built in Dunboyne/Clonee in Meath and one will be delivered in Monaghan town.

Two are planned for Mayo at Ballina and Castlebar, one in Roscommon in Roscommon town and a single station in Sligo town.

Three will be constructed in Tipperary, at Clonmel, Roscrea and Tipperary town; two in Westmeath at Athlone and Mullingar; two in Waterford; and a final one in Wexford town.

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