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Jazz fest to plug into free wi-fi

October 20th, 2019 1:15 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

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KINSALE is set to get free wi-fi on a trial basis just in time for the town’s popular jazz weekend later this month, a meeting of Future Kinsale heard last week.

Future Kinsale was set to bring the people and businesses of the town together with an aim of building a thriving, healthy, sustainable future.

Since the launch of Future Kinsale CLG (‘company limited by guarantee’) earlier this year, regular meetings have been held to update members on the various projects.

‘Last week’s meeting was a very positive update on projects which Future Kinsale is running now,’ said Adrian Wistreich of Future Kinsale.

‘We are very excited about the planned launch of a trial for free wi-fi in the town for the bank holiday weekend. We have a potential sponsorship of an app which will deliver the wi-fi registration. This app has been developed to handle e-commerce for merchandise, event tickets and also host a variety of information about the town.’

Speakers at the meeting included county arts officer Ian McDonagh and Kinsale resident Mervyn Greene, who both spoke about the town’s Municipal Hall.

‘Mervyn owns and runs the Custom House Quay (CHQ) building in Dublin and he told attendees about how he regenerated an iconic Victorian structure into Ireland’s premier co-working space and a world class visitor experience. He advised us to develop  a business model for the future of the Municipal Hall. All community value from the space must be built on the back of earning activities like creating a business hub, rentable rooms and catering facilities,’ said Mr Wistreich.

The other purpose of the meeting was to engage with new members to the co-op and to prepare for the AGM at the end of the year.

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