FREE WiFi in Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim from Magnet Networks

I attended the launch of the new Magnet Networks provided FREE WiFi service in Carrick-on-Shannon town centre this morning, June 20th. The CEO Mark Kellett and other Magnet representatives were on hand to introduce and explain the new service and it’s benefits and to outline other services that Magnet can provide. Carrick-on-Shannon is the first town in the country to roll out free, no limits public WiFi.

Here’s how it works.

Areas covered:

  • Main Street,
  • Bridge Street,
  • Marina/Boardwalk area,
  • Town Park (Behind Victoria Hall/Beside the Rowing Club).

Access & Speeds:

  • One time free sign up with either Email or Facebook details,
  • Around 6MB up and down,
  • No time limits,
  • No bandwidth limits,
  • Content filtered (Family safe).


  • Local businesses can benefit from Advertising opportunities and usage analytics,
  • The public including town visitors can benefit from fast, free internet,
  • Children and teenagers can remain in touch with parents.


Access Points were kindly supported by the following local businesses:

  • Spice India
  • Leitrim County Council
  • The Bush Hotel
  • Buffalo Boy
  • Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce
  • McMahon Opticians
  • Brady Insurance

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For more information on Magnet’s services, visit their website –


Leitrim Creative IT Digital Hub and Office Spaces

Plans are well under way for an exiting new venture for Leitrim Enterprise which will see the construction of new hi-tech office space for businesses in the Creative, Digital or IT sector. The project is supported by Interreg and is a joint effort with Omagh Enterprise. Most of the funding is secured and planning has been approved for a 7/8,000 square foot extension at the front of the existing Leitrim Enterprise offices in Carrick-on-Shannon. Here is an outline, draft list of the proposed features:

Leitrim IT Hub Plans

  • Ultra Hi-Tech facility,
  • 7/8,000 sq ft space,
  • Flexible office space options for up to 50/60 businesses,
  • Flexible leases available,
  • Affordable rents,
  • High Visibility location on the N4,
  • Fiber Broadband connection,
  • Meeting Rooms,
  • Green Buildings,
  • Restaurant.

The buildings are expected to be completed and ready for occupation within 12 to 14 months from now.

For more information or to register your interest in renting office space, contact Joe at Leitrim Enterprise.

3G USB Mobile Broadband Router

The only broadband I’ve been able to get in my current location in Leitrim is O2’s mobile broadband usb dongle which, for the most part has been fine but sharing the connection around the house via LAN or WiFi is tricky. Continue reading 3G USB Mobile Broadband Router

More Broadband Bad News

So , another development in my broadband saga..the whole issue with the local council blocking the erection of a mast that could have given me proper broadband is beside the point now cause the mast has finally gone up but not high enough to get over a tree between it and me! Its confirmed to me that Wireless, line of sight broadband is absolutely pointless in a rural area where there are trees, hills, one can bloody get it. Roll on WiMax, Mobile and more modern technologies!