8 March 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
The North Cork town of Mallow is set to become the first town in the County to offer free Wi-Fi from next week.
This was the news from the recent Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Meeting of Cork County Council where the members were given an update on placing the free Wi-Fi service in the town.
The FREE Wi-Fi initiative which is a partnership approach between Cork County Council and CIT will be available to the general public on a pilot basis from Market Square down to the new Civic Plaza. Free access will be for 6m minutes.
Welcoming the commencement of this pilot project, Mayor of the County of Cork & member of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea said “I believe that complimentary Wi-Fi has become an essential service for tourists and shoppers alike and I am delighted the IT Department of Cork County Council and CIT has come on board to assist the town of Mallow in improving what it has to offer as one of the largest towns in Cork. It is important for Mallow to be the first in County Cork to offer this service and we will be following similar towns such as tourist haven, Killarney in County Kerry and Drogheda, County Louth who have already provided complimentary Wi-Fi in their towns over the last few years”.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “Smart phone usage is on the increase as is web surfing, social media and working remotely for business people so anything that the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District can do to support this, we should assist with it. Towns like Mallow need rejuvenating and I strongly believe by offering services like complimentary Wi-Fi is one way of helping this process and will encourage shoppers and tourists alike to come to Mallow and enjoy all what it has to offer”.