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Naas GAA host open eir’s community information day

Naas GAA host open eir’s community information day

This important community day was hosted by open eir, in association with Naas GAA, to celebrate the investment that has been made in upgrading Kildare’s local broadband service. So far, 45,600 premises in Kildare across 22 communities have access to a network providing uncongested high-speed broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mb/s, including almost 12,000 homes and businesses in Naas. There are already plans to upgrade the service for a further 17 communities in the county. This investment is part of a €400 million national broadband upgrade programme that will allow 1.6 million homes and businesses access to high-speed broadband by the end of 2016.

The event was attended by a number of special guests including GAA stars Mickey Harte, Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper and Joe Canning. KFM kept the crowd entertained with a live broadcast from the club, while there was also a host of other family-fun activities including movies, face-painting and xBox gaming to find Kildare’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Teams from Samsung and Microsoft were also in attendance to demonstrate the power of high-speed broadband using the very latest technology.

What’s more, one very lucky guest [insert name] won two tickets to this year’s highly anticipated All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Donegal and Kerry!

Speaking at the event, Carolan Lennon, Managing Director at open eir, said: “It is wonderful to see so many people turn out to help celebrate the significant investment that has been made in Kildare’s broadband infrastructure. Speaking to people here today, I can see how important high-speed broadband is to their homes and businesses, whether to improve the learning experience for school kids and students or opening up new digital markets for businesses. We are now well over the halfway point in our national broadband infrastructure upgrade and I can already see the positive difference that the investment is making to over 900,000 premises across Ireland. I would encourage communities to continue to check out our website fibrerollout.ie for updates on our progress and to find out what communities will be upgraded to high-speed broadband next.”

Among the 22 communities already empowered with next generation broadband are: Leixlip, Kildare, Naas, Athy, Celbridge, Kilcock, Maynooth, Clane, Robertstown, Athgarvan, Sallins, Kill, Kilcullen, Monasterevin, Curragh Camp and Rathangan. Johnstown and Millennium Business Park will be live in the next two months; while a further 15 communities will have access to high-speed broadband by the end of 2016.

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Chris Kelly, Communications Manager, 01 600 4444 or 085 171 5454

Dearbhaill Rossiter, Head of Communications, 01 600 5284 or 085 174 5284