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The first 35 areas to receive high-speed internet under the National Broadband Plan have been revealed.

Rural areas around Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny, and near Carragaline in Co Cork will be the first to get connected.

However, most of the new high-speed "network points" in the first phase of the National Broadband Plan will be in the midlands and the east of the country.

These network points are set to be installed by the end of 2021.

Once the hubs are installed, they will ll provide a high-speed connection to homes and businesses within a radius of 30 kilometres.

The Irish Times reports that telecoms industry insiders were briefed on the plans at a private meeting recently.

In Leinster, there will be hubs at Louth and Drogheda in Co Louth, Dunboyne in Co Meath, one each for Carlow, Kilkenny and Portlaoise, and two each for Wexford, Westmeath, and Wicklow.

In Connacht, there will be hubs in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim, Sligo town, two in Mayo at Ballina and Castlebar, one at Roscommon Town and three in Galway.

In Ulster, Monaghan town, Cavan town, and Letterkenny will be served first, while in Munster, Carrigaline and Midleton will get the first hubs, along with two in Waterford, three in Tipperary and east of Ennis in Co Clare.

Reporting by Stephen Bourke

Main image: File photo by PA Images

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