Free public Wi-Fi service officially launched in Listowel
Free publicly accessible wi-fi is now available in Listowel town as part of a EU initiative.
Listowel is the first town in Kerry to benefit from the new service which was launched this week by the Cathaoirleach of the Listowel Municipal District, Cllr Aoife Thornton.
WiFi4EU promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres and museums in urban centres throughout Europe.
Complementing the town’s new public realm developments and its trailhead status on the new Listowel-Abbeyfeale Greenway, the Wi-Fi at various locations around the town will be of benefit to visitors especially, but also to local users who may not have mobile data packages.
Cllr. Thornton warmly welcomed the new service this week: “Providing free Wi-Fi to the public and especially to visitors to Listowel, complements not only our new Greenway but the extensive development of the public realm and the use of outdoor spaces around the town,” she said.
Developed with EU funding of €15,000 with matched finance from the Department of Rural & Community Development, the service is provided by Kerry County Council with the support of Listowel Chamber Alliance.
The Wi-Fi is available at multiple sites in the town, such as the Square, the Town Park, the Community Centre, the Library, the Courthouse and Kerry County Council offices, parts of William Street, Market Street, Church Street and Courthouse Road.
The Council’s Head of Digital, Smart Programmes and Broadband, Brian Looney, thanked the Listowel Municipal District management, local business and the Listowel Chambers for their support of the project and the selection of locations in Listowel.
“WiFi4EU provides connectivity in these public locations for a variety of users from tourists to businesspeople to our students and youth. It helps provide the connectivity we know underpins the smart towns and villages of the future.”