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SIRO’s Full Fibre Broadband Expands To Lucan

We're happy to announce that we are expanding our full fibre broadband network to Lucan. Work on expanding our network in the Lucan area has already commenced with the first Lucan customers able to connect from September.  The rollout in the town will provide access to full fibre broadband to a total 1,600 premises – homes and businesses in the area. The areas benefiting from this rollout within Lucan include Laraghcon, Rokeby Park, Lucan Main Street, Sarsfield Park, Lucan Heights, and Ardeevin Estate, amongst others.   This latest expansion enhances SIRO's significant presence in the wider west Dublin area. With an established footprint in nearby locations such as Tallaght, Rathcoole, and Saggart, SIRO is adding 1,600 extra premises in Lucan. Overall, more than 100,000 premises in Dublin can now access SIRO’s network, including nearly 11,000 businesses and homes in the South Dublin County Council area.  The deployment of a full fibre broadband network in Lucan is part of SIRO’s ongoing strategy to expand its network right across Ireland.   We are on track to reach 700,000 premises in towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. Currently, more than 590,000 premises in 135 towns across the country have access to the SIRO network. Overall, SIRO is investing over €1 billion to deliver high-speed, future-proofed broadband throughout Ireland.  Commenting on SIRO’s network rollout in Lucan, SIRO Chief Executive Officer John Keaney said:
“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our full fibre broadband network to Lucan.   This area is an expanding and thriving community but access to essential infrastructure and services is critical to its long-term growth and success overall.   “SIRO’s full fibre rollout will provide high-speed, high-quality reliable broadband to individuals, families and businesses. Access to a fast, resilient and trusted broadband service allows all communities to live more sustainably, such as through working from home; running their businesses more productively; or, accessing services such as education or healthcare online. At its core SIRO’s fibre network unlocks multiple opportunities for end users, allowing them to deploy it in ways that best meet their needs and lifestyles,” added Mr. Keaney.  
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SIRO, Ireland’s most advanced full fibre broadband operator, has announced the roll out of its network to  Kingscourt. SIRO is targeting 1,100 premises in the town, reaching over 3,000 residents. The company confirmed that the build work for more than half (600) Kingscourt premises is completed, and they are now already available to order from SIRO’s broadband retail partners. The remaining 500 premises will be available at the end of April. SIRO’s network is already available to almost 5,000 premises in Cavan town. Areas to benefit for the rollout in Kingscourt include: Thorndale, Dunaree Lane, Baileboro Road, An Tor Aonarach, Rockfield Heights, Oak Grove, Annagh, Ernans Hill, Dún Na Carraige, Church Street, Carrickleck, Cabra View, Ard Dun, Fana Rua and Springfield Court. Upon completion, approximately 1,128 homes will be seamlessly integrated into SIRO's fibre-optic network, marking a significant milestone in ensuring that Kingscourt’s homes and businesses have access to the highest standard of broadband connectivity. The roll-out of SIRO’s full fibre broadband network in Kingscourt is part of SIRO’s ongoing network expansion, targeting more than 700,000 premises in over 150 towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. To date, over 560,000 premises in 135 towns across the country can access the SIRO network. The company is investing more than €1 billion in delivering high speed, future-proofed broadband across Ireland. SIRO is a broadband wholesaler, which means that it designs, builds and maintains its full fibre broadband network. Homes and businesses can then order its services from over 20 retailers such as Virgin Media, Vodafone, Sky, Digiweb, Pure Telecom, Blacknight and many more. SIRO John Keaney Chief Executive Officer, said:
"We are pleased to bring SIRO’s fibre broadband network to Kingscourt, empowering residents with fast, reliable, and future-proofed connectivity. This investment reflects our ongoing commitment to enhancing digital infrastructure across Ireland, enabling communities to embrace the significant opportunities which high quality connectivity can provide."
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SIRO, Ireland’s most advanced broadband network operator, has today announced that it is bringing its full fibre broadband network to Limerick’s Newcastle West. SIRO confirmed today that the company will provide full fibre connectivity to almost 3,100 premises in Newcastle West, with 2,000 premises already completed and today ready for order through SIRO’s retail partners such as Virgin Media, Vodafone, Sky, Digiweb, Pure Telecom, Ivertec and many more. The remaining 1,100 premises will be completed by SIRO and available by August. Areas to benefit for the rollout in Newcastle West include: South Quay, Templegreen, Churchtown Road, Church Street, Knightscourt, Knockane Road, Bothar Bui, Chestnut Gardens, Chapel Close, Dunquin, Arraview, Glenquin Manor, Killeline Heights, Killeline Road, Saint Ita’s Gardens, Saint Ita’s Roads, The Paddocks, Woodfield Green, Woodfield Grove, and Woodfield Park. With almost 35,000 homes and businesses already able to avail of SIRO’s network in Limerick City, SIRO's introduction to Newcastle West, the county’s second largest urban centre, marks a significant step in enhancing digital infrastructure in the county. The roll-out of a full fibre broadband network in Newcastle West is part of SIRO’s ongoing network expansion, targeting more than 700,000 premises in towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. To date, over 560,000 premises in 135 towns across the country can access the SIRO network. The company is investing more than €1 billion in delivering high speed, future-proofed broadband across Ireland. SIRO is a broadband wholesaler, which means that it designs, builds and maintains its full fibre broadband network. Homes and businesses can then order its services from over 20 retailers such as Virgin Media, Vodafone, Sky, Digiweb, Pure Telecom, Ivertec, Blacknight and many more. All details can be found on www.SIRO.ie . SIRO John Keaney Chief Executive Officer, noted:
"We are excited to bring SIRO fibre broadband to Newcastle West, providing residents with access to fast and reliable internet services. Our goal is to enhance connectivity in the county and empower local residents with the tools they need to stay connected and thrive in today's digital world."
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SIRO, Ireland's leading 100% fibre broadband operator, has announced the arrival of its network in Claremorris, with work now underway to build its network across the town. Claremorris will be the fourth Mayo town to benefit from SIRO's future-proofed technology, joining the towns of Ballina, Westport and Castlebar which already enjoy SIRO’s full fibre network. SIRO build works commenced in recent weeks and are expected to be completed over the course of 2024, with homeowners and businesses being able to order services later this year. SIRO is targeting 1,500 homes and businesses in Claremorris, bringing the total number of premises reached by SIRO in Mayo to over 8,700, with Ballina, Westport and Castlebar already part of the SIRO network. The announcement was made as part of a presentation by senior SIRO representatives to the monthly meeting of Claremorris Swinford Municipal District  on Wednesday. Cathaoirleach of Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray welcomed the SIRO representatives and their announcement on Claremorris, whilst acknowledging the importance of high-quality fibre connectivity for all Mayo homes and businesses. [caption id="attachment_9133" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Pictured at the announcement of the SIRO network expansion into Claremorris where over 1,500 homes and businesses will have access to full fibre broadband are Joanne Grehan, Director of Services at Mayo County Council and Amanda Glancy, SIRO with elected members of Mayo County Council Claremorris and Swinford Municipal District. Over 8,700 premises across county Mayo will enjoy fibre connectivity upon completion of this expansion. Photo: Alison Laredo[/caption] Areas in Claremorris which will benefit from the roll out include (but are not limited to): Claremont, Lisnaboley, Clare, Carrowbeg East, and Mayfields. SIRO first rolled out to Castlebar in 2017, reaching over 3,000 premises in the town. Since then, SIRO has been steadily rolling out its network across the county. In Westport and Ballina over 2,100 premises respectively can access SIRO’s network. This means 7,200 premises can already access SIRO’s network in Mayo. Once Claremorris is complete , SIRO’s network will  be available to over 8,700 premises across the county, providing speeds of up to two gigabits for homes and up to ten gigabits for enterprise. The roll-out of a full fibre broadband network in Claremorris is part of SIRO’s ongoing network expansion, targeting more than 700,000 premises in towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. To date, over 550,000 premises in 135 towns across the country can access the SIRO network. SIRO is investing more than €1 billion in delivering high speed, future proofed broadband across Ireland. Mayo County Council Director of Services Joanne Grehan noted:
Fast and reliable connectivity is an essential service for homes and businesses. 100% fibre broadband is now accepted as the highest standard available to Irish consumers. “It’s a good news story for Claremorris that SIRO is bringing its full fibre network to the town. It will unlock multiple benefits for the community. These include allowing more people to seamlessly work from home, undertake online education or stay connected to family and friends. For businesses, with reliable fibre broadband they can use technology in areas which really matter to their bottom line and for their long-term growth such as online sales, customer service, processing payments or facilitating video calls with colleagues and customers”, added Ms. Grehan.
SIRO CEO John Keaney said:
"We're delighted to reach Claremorris, marking another significant milestone in our Mayo rollout. SIRO is committed to bringing the transformative power of fibre broadband to regional Ireland, and Claremorris residents will now enjoy the same incredible speeds and reliability experienced by their neighbours in Westport, Ballina, and Castlebar. Full fibre connectivity is just the beginning for Claremorris, and we look forward to seeing how our network empowers businesses, homes, and individuals to thrive in the digital age."
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On Safer Internet Day 2024, SIRO’s CTO, Suzanne Tracy's guide serves as a timely resource for parents to proactively educate and empower their children, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable online experience.  Recent data highlights that 95% of Irish children aged 8-12 own their own smart device. This research, conducted by the charity CyberSafeKids, also notes how 87% of children have their own social media account.  Using devices and tapping into the wealth of resources which access to online platforms can provide can be hugely positive for kids. Helping with their schoolwork, staying connected to friends, entertainment and recreational tools are all the positives that technology brings.  However, as much as we want children to be able to avail of the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, parents, educators and society also have a responsibility to help them stay safe online.  Studies by SafeWise show that more than 58% of parents say their child’s internet behaviours are a cause of concern for them.  Naturally, parents have concerns. Rather than be an anxious but passive parent, a quick crash course in some basic and easy to implement tools, can be effective in keeping our kids safer online. 

Passwords 

Having a secure password is key for protecting your child’s information and accounts. Implementing a two-factor authentication, whereby users must first input their username and password, and subsequently enter a passcode they receive via text or email is just one of the ways you can create a barrier to hackers and threats.  Many of the commonly used social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook, now allow the option to create a two-factor authentication.  Another way of reducing the risk of someone gaining access to your account is by creating both a memorable and complex password.  Some things to consider when creating passwords would be to make sure you choose something with both uppercase and lowercase letters, containing both symbols and numbers too if possible. Ideally, passwords should also be changed frequently, and should be different across social media accounts. 

Managing access 

Setting some ground rules on internet use and informing them of which sites are suitable to use can help children be more actively aware of their online behaviours.  An approach you could also take would be to limit access to certain websites by using blockers. This way, they can be prevented from clicking onto any sites which might not be age appropriate or safe.  In the UK, a Pew Research Centre survey noted that 39% of parents report using parental controls for blocking, filtering, or monitoring their teen’s online activities.  Another way of limiting access is having an agreement on how long your child can use their smart device for a day or how long they can spend on a certain social network. Apple for instance has a setting which means you can set limits on the amount of time you are allowed to spend on certain apps in a day.  Data from the Pew Research Centre also found that just over half of the parents surveyed restrict the amount of time or number of times their child goes online in a day. 

Social Media 

Most kids and teens have at least one social media platform installed onto their smart device. UK stats show that 48% of kids (aged 4-18) use TikTok, followed by 41% using Facebook, and 28% using Snapchat.  Before your kids start using any social media platform, it is important to give them basic watchouts to keep them safe on these platforms such as: 
  • Not to accept friend requests from strangers. 
  • To disable precise location settings 
  • To not share personal information online 
  • To communicate to an adult any problems or issue they experience online 
While the idea of kids navigating social media and the internet might fill every parent with dread, sticking your head in the sand is not an option. This Safer Internet Day, let's collectively commit to educating our kids, arming them against potential risks, and implementing measures to ensure a safer online environment for both parents and children.  For more information on Safer Internet Day 2024 and online safety tips, and resources visit https://www.saferinternetday.org/home  To find out if SIRO’s 100% fibre broadband is available to your home, search your Eircode today [lookup_modal type="eircode" button-text="Search Your Eircode" position="mid" title="Input your Eircode to check whether SIRO is available at your location"]
SIRO, Ireland's leading provider of 100% fibre broadband, has announced the expansion of its network to Tramore. Construction works in the town to facilitate SIRO’s network build have already commenced and will continue during the first half of 2024. SIRO’s fibre network will be available to over 4,000 premises in the town upon completion of the build. The announcement was made as part of a presentation by senior SIRO representatives to the monthly meeting of Waterford City and County Council on Thursday. Tramore will join Waterford city and Dungarvan as SIRO-enabled full fibre broadband towns. SIRO first rolled out its network to Waterford city in 2019 with over 12,000 premises in the city which can now connect to its network. [caption id="attachment_9045" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 11/01/2024 The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr.Joe Conway pictured on Tramore Beach, Co.Waterford with from left, Liam Rafter, SIRO Site Agent, Denis Cambridge, SIRO Build Director, Amanda Glancy, SIRO Director, Corporate Affairs, Jack Doyle, Broadband Officer, Waterford City & County Council and Damien Murray, SIRO Head of Strategic Projects.Picture:Noel Browne[/caption] Similarly, its build in Dungarvan will complete early this year, with almost 3,200 premises fibre enabled, with the majority of Dungarvan premises already live on the SIRO network. The network expansion to Tramore, will see over 19,000 premises and over 52,000 County Waterford residents passed by the SIRO network. Areas in Tramore which will benefit from the rollout include: Moonvoy Valley, Glenroad, Mountfield, Strandhill, Somerville, Meadowbrook, Ard Haven, Main & St. Patrick St, Priest’s Rd, Westbrook, Newtown, Carrigealea. The first homes in Tramore will be able to order the new broadband services from April 2024, with the remainder coming on stream over the following months. The rollout of a full fibre broadband network in Tramore is part of SIRO’s ongoing network growth. SIRO is targeting more than 700,000 premises in towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. To date, almost 550,000 premises in 135 towns across the country can access the SIRO network. Overall, SIRO is investing more than €1 billion in delivering high speed, future proofed broadband across Ireland. [caption id="attachment_9046" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 11/01/2024 The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr.Joe Conway pictured on Tramore Beach, Co.Waterford with from left, Amanda Glancy, SIRO Director, Corporate Affairs, Denis Cambridge, SIRO Build Director and Jack Doyle, Broadband Officer, Waterford City & County Council. .Picture:Noel Browne[/caption] SIRO Chief Executive Officer, John Keaney, commented,
"SIRO's expansion in Tramore is part of our ongoing objective to provide accessible and future proofed fibre broadband services to communities across Ireland. “Reliable connectivity is now a critical infrastructure for all communities and towns, like Tramore. Having this service for your home or business fosters economic development, drives job creation and underpins thriving and sustainable communities", added Mr. Keaney.
Michael Walsh, Waterford City and County Council Chief Executive, stated:
“The expansion of SIRO’s Full Fibre broadband network is welcome news for the County. We believe that, by promoting the digital agenda through a dynamic workforce and enhanced infrastructure, we can secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity into the future. “Establishing a secure and universal digital connectivity is crucial for unlocking economic, social, and environmental potential. This encompasses facilitating increased remote work, creating job prospects, accessing new markets for businesses, enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of public services, and fostering more adaptable work environments. “Additionally, digital technologies can significantly contribute to the revitalisation of our towns and villages. Furthermore, they can play a vital role in decreasing energy and resource consumption and supporting the process of decarbonisation.”
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SIRO Ireland · Dublin 100k Announcement Newstalk
This week, we are happy to announce that our services are now available to 50,000 homes and businesses in Dublin City, and to 100,000 premises overall across the wider Dublin area. The €100 million rollout is part of a strategy to make services powered by SIRO available to areas underserved by fibre to the home broadband. The expansion in the capital follows close collaboration with Dublin City Council’s Telecoms Unit and with the broadband officers in the other three Dublin local authorities to advance its Dublin network roll-out. Within Dublin City Council’s borders this includes ‘new’ SIRO areas such as Dublin’s Docklands, East Wall, Walkinstown, Kimmage and Crumlin. Our network is already well established in other parts of the city such as Fairview, Raheny, Finglas, Artane or Coolock. This is in addition to our expanded network footprint across the four Dublin local authority areas, which now encompasses more than 30 suburban towns from Balbriggan in Fingal as far south as Shankill in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. SIRO plans to continue to build across Dublin city and county where other commercial opportunities exist. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste noted:
“This is a really positive investment for Dublin, and I am delighted that the City Council have been able to support SIRO in the delivery of this essential digital infrastructure particularly in areas such as East Wall, Docklands. Kimmage and Crumlin. We need to ensure that all of our communities have access to high quality broadband services and are not left behind as the adoption of new technologies and digital services continue to accelerate.”
SIRO John Keaney Chief Executive Officer, noted:
"The presumption that our cities already enjoy universal full fibre connectivity can be inaccurate. Poor broadband can exist in areas of our cities and its suburbs, just as much as it can be found in more remote areas. Yet, future-proofed and reliable fibre connectivity is key to the economic life of our capital city and in all the communities which make up its constituent parts. “SIRO is rolling out our network across Dublin, city and county, because a real need exists to address existing connectivity blackspots. By now reaching areas underserved by fibre to the home broadband, such as the Docklands, East Wall or Crumlin and Walkinstown, we are striving to ensure these areas have the broadband infrastructure essential for the future wider social and economic development of the city,” added Mr. Keaney.
Smart City Program Manager at Dublin City Council, Jamie Cudden stated:
“Investments like this from SIRO support our ambition to future-proof Dublin ensuring that we can take advantage of new and emerging technology trends. When we established our Telecoms Unit in 2022, we committed to work with the telecoms sector to help streamline and accelerate network rollout through better co-ordination and collaboration. The real winners here are communities across Dublin who will have access to world class digital infrastructure and choice of providers.”
SIRO is a joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, formed in 2015, to roll out a new full fibre broadband network across Ireland. To date, SIRO has rolled out network to every county in Ireland with its broadband network in over 135 towns and cities and available to almost 550,000 homes and businesses nationwide. The company is on track to reach 700,000 premises by 2026. To check if your home or business is SIRO enabled, search your Eircode here [lookup_modal type="eircode" button-text="Search Your Eircode" position="mid" title="Input your Eircode to check whether SIRO is available at your location"]
The holiday season is a time for spreading joy, sharing gifts, and embracing the spirit of giving. As we are all on the lookout for the ideal gifts, it's important to recognise the influence of our decisions and the invaluable support we can extend to local businesses. In Ireland, the sentiment to buy local is strong, with 62% of shoppers keen on purchasing gifts from Irish businesses. Furthermore, nearly seven in 10 individuals are committed to sourcing Irish food for their festive feasts. The variety of offerings from Irish artisans and entrepreneurs is significant. From crafted jewellery and traditional knitwear to delectable artisanal foods and unique handcrafted goods, the diversity is impressive and diverse. These businesses are often steeped in passion, tradition, and innovation, reflecting the vibrant culture of Ireland. Choosing to support Irish businesses contributes not just to the economy but also to the preservation of local artistry, sustainability, and the livelihoods of fellow community members. Here's why it's worth considering and how you can make a difference this festive season. Unveiling Unique Treasures Irish businesses often specialise in creating unique, one-of-a-kind products. Each piece - be it a hand-knit Aran sweater, delicately designed Celtic jewellery, or artisanal chocolates made from family recipes – has an individuality that sets them apart from mass-produced items. They carry stories, histories, and demonstrate the dedication and talent of local creators. Nurturing Local Economy Supporting local businesses is akin to investing in the local community. 1,093,747 people were employed in SMEs in 2020, which was over two-thirds of the total Irish workforce. Many of whom are currently employed in businesses working in the craft, food or hospitality sectors. When you purchase from an Irish business, you directly contribute to the livelihoods of your neighbours, friends, and families. This sustains local employment, boosts economic growth, and helps in the preservation of cultural heritage and traditions. Fostering Sustainability Many Irish businesses take pride in their sustainable practices. Whether it's sourcing materials locally, using eco-friendly packaging, or implementing ethical production methods, these businesses often prioritise sustainability. By supporting them, you indirectly contribute to a more environmentally conscious economy, whilst avoiding the negative aspects related to products transported into Ireland from far flung destinations. How to Support Irish Businesses Online In an increasingly digital world, online shopping presents a vast landscape of options. Here are some ways to prioritise Irish businesses in your holiday shopping:
  1. Explore Irish Marketplaces: Platforms like "Guaranteed Irish Gifts” and "Irish Design Shop" are dedicated to promoting Irish products. They serve as hubs for a variety of locally crafted goods, making it easier to find unique gifts. SIRO is a proud member of the Guaranteed Irish network of businesses based in Ireland that support sustainable jobs, and make positive contributions to local communities.
  2. Social Media and Direct Websites: Many Irish businesses showcase their products on social media platforms or have their dedicated websites. Follow and engage with these businesses directly to stay updated on their offerings and promotions.
  3. Local Business Directories: Utilise local business directories to find Irish shops, boutiques, and craftspeople. These directories offer comprehensive lists of businesses within specific regions, making it easier to discover hidden gems in your vicinity.
  4. Gift Irish Experiences: Consider gifting experiences from local businesses, such as cooking classes, brewery tours, or vouchers for local restaurants. These unique experiences contribute to the local economy and create lasting memories.
By supporting Irish businesses, we can enhance this joy, making a significant impact on our local communities and preserving Ireland's rich cultural heritage. Let's make a difference and celebrate the season by spreading the love for local businesses. If you are buying your Christmas gifts online, make sure you enjoy a seamless shopping experience with SIRO 100% fibre broadband. To see if SIRO is available to you, search your Eircode today [lookup_modal type="eircode" button-text="Search Your Eircode" position="mid" title="Input your Eircode to check whether SIRO is available at your location"]
SIRO, a leading broadband operator, has today announced that it is expanding its full fibre broadband network to Celbridge and Leixlip. Build is now underway in both towns, with the network expected to go live, on a rolling basis, at the end of this year and into 2024. With this latest expansion in County Kildare, SIRO’s network will now be available in 13 towns across the county. These towns include Athy, Clane, Johnstown, Kilcock, Kildare town, Maynooth, Monasterevin, Naas, Newbridge, Prosperous, Sallins, and now Celbridge and Leixlip. The announcement was made as part of a presentation by senior SIRO representatives to the monthly meeting of Kildare County Council this week. In Celbridge, SIRO’s rollout is targeting a total of 2,200 premises, with the majority (2,000 premises) of these now built and already able to connect to SIRO’s network and the remainder joining the network in 2024. SIRO’s network in Leixlip is expected to go live the first half of 2024. SIRO has been rolling out its network across Ireland and County Kildare since 2016. Over that period SIRO's total investment in County Kildare has reached €40 million, with 40,000 premises or 110,000 people who can now access its network. The roll-out of a full fibre broadband network in Celbridge and Leixlip is part of SIRO’s ongoing network growth. SIRO is targeting more than 700,000 premises in towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. To date, over 540,000 premises in 135 towns across the country can access the SIRO network. Overall, SIRO is investing more than €1 billion in delivering high speed, future proofed broadband across Ireland. Commenting on the announcement, SIRO Chief Executive Officer, John Keaney, said:
"Today SIRO is announcing the expansion of our broadband services to Celbridge and Leixlip – the 12th and 13th towns in the county to have access to our full fibre broadband network. “SIRO’s network now has a significant footprint in the county. Demand for SIRO’s network across Kildare, provided through our retail partners such as Virgin Media, Vodafone and Sky, has been consistently strong, and we expect to see a similar demand in our newest Kildare towns. “Since our foundation, SIRO has been committed to connecting communities with high-speed, high-quality, and dependable broadband. Our track record of delivery in Kildare speaks to our ongoing commitment to the county. “Access to reliable and future proofed connectivity is essential for all communities to live more sustainably and in ways that meet their needs, but also for businesses and enterprise to thrive across Kildare”, added Mr. Keaney.
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ChatGPT, launched back in November 2022, has taken the world by storm. A recent article by RTE noted that by April of this year there were 173 million users of ChatGPT globally. This number can only be expected to grow, as more and more people begin to use this tool. ChatGPT is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) Chatbot, which can both comprehend and form human-like answers when asked a question by a user. This kind of technology is designed to help you with any questions you may have – on any topic, within an almost instantaneous timeframe. Like a google search, but one that you can chat back and forth with. As with any technology there are multiple benefits and some limitations to using ChatGPT. Although these limitations may reduce overtime. Below we look at some of the most beneficial ways in which individuals can use ChatGPT and are the watchouts that are good to bear in mind.

User Benefits:

Generating Creative Ideas

The great thing about ChatGPT is that it can help you with creative generating ideas it’s proving difficult for you to generate them. For instance, if you had writers block and were looking to make a start on a blog for your company website – you can get some inspiration from using this tool. You could ask the chatbot "List X number of ideas for blogs about Y.” You can assess the results and go from there.

Making recommendations

Another example could be if you’re due to host movie night for friends/family and need some recommendations on what to watch to watch and where, you could ask the chatbot “What are some of the best movies on Netflix Ireland right now?”, or “What are the best streaming platforms to watch X movie on?”.  Movie night is saved at a touch of a button!

Improving your existing content

Looking to update your CV or draft a strong cover letter? ChatGPT can help you tailor your CV according to the job you are applying for, maximising your chances of getting that job you’ve always wanted. You could ask something like “Generate 5 bullet points which demonstrate my ability to do X skill”. Further, it can assist with drafting a cover letter for the job you are applying for, tailoring it to the job description and requirements. Overall, this is a beneficial tool for jobseekers, as it saves you a lot of time and energy.

Help with Homework

Not by doing your homework, but by explaining concepts and ideas to you in individualised way that matches your learning style. Think of scenario where what’s written in your textbook just doesn’t make sense to you. You can ask ChatGPT to explain the same concept to you and then continue to interact with it by asking follow on questions which makes it much clearer and easier to understand.

The Limitations:

Unable to distinguish between fact and fiction:

ChatGPT’s information is gathered from data from the internet. The limitation with this is that the information provided isn’t 100% guaranteed to be always accurate and factually correct. The information could be unreliable, based on opinion vs. fact and could also show an element of bias. For students, this is something to keep in mind. It’s important to fact check the information given or cross check with another source, before deciding to use it.

Inability to understand context:

Unfortunately, ChatGPT gathers answers to a question asked, but it is unable to comprehend other information which would come before/after this, to develop a proper discussion. If humour or sarcasm are used, ChatGPT would struggle to comprehend this. So, it’s recommended to bear this in mind when dealing with the Chatbot.

Issues with generating long-form content:

This tool may have issues in forming any long-form content, and typically instead it works better for gathering smaller pieces of information. The programme finds it difficult to produce a long-form piece that has a clear structure and flow, and therefore it wouldn’t be fit for producing quality sample essays or reports to use in school, college or work. You’re better off drafting the essay or report yourself, just taking nuggets of information from the Chatbot if you need. Also, you need to bear in mind that that if ChatGPT attributes a statement or piece of research, you still need to attribute that person or research to avoid falling foul of plagiarism. AI tools are only beginning to embed into human experience and practical application, so it’s   always best to proceed with caution and use your best judgement to decide when it is and is not appropriate to use ChatGPT. To be able to experience the full effects of this AI tool, having a high-speed broadband connection is essential. This will enable you to receive quick results from the Chatbot and make the experience seamless and fit for purpose. For more information on ChatGPT visit - openai.com. To find out if SIRO’s 100% fibre broadband is available to your home, search your Eircode today [lookup_modal type="eircode" button-text="Search Your Eircode" position="mid" title="Input your Eircode to check whether SIRO is available at your location"]