By BRIAN MOORE
THE twenty-first century has arrived in Glengarriff, according to telecoms firm Eir, with the recent installation of a high-speed fibre-optic broadband connection in the village.
The firm last week officially unveiled its 100megabites of high-speed broadband for home s and businesses in the area.
Speaking at the launch of the connection, FF Deputy Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony said that she was delighted to finally see the services connected in Glengarriff. ‘I am very happy to see that high-speed broadband has finally come to at least one of the peninsulas.
This will be a major boast for the area and I hope that the service will be rolled out across the other peninsulas, as well as the rest of West Cork sooner rather than later,’ she told The Southern Star.
Donal Deasy of Casey’s Hotel in the village has been a committed campaigner for broadband access in the village. ‘Glengarriff has long been a very important and popular tourist destination. The addition of high-speed broadband will not only increase the reach and services we can offer our visitors, but these days tourists and locals alike expect fast, easy and secure access to the internet,’ Mr Deasy said.
He added that he hoped other blackspot areas in West Cork would soon get the connections they deserved: ‘While we are lucky here in Glengarriff to be able to benefit from the new fibre broadband, I hope that the people outside the village will soon be able to avail of this service as well,’ Mr Deasy continu ed. ‘We have to commend Eir broadband for their commitment to providing this, for the first time, on the Beara and we look forward to seeing this service rolled out across the Mizen and the Sheep’s Head peninsulas in the very near future.’