gteic Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta is a network of 31 innovation & digital hubs with high speed broadband connectivity to be developed by Údarás na Gaeltachta in locations throughout Ireland’s Gaeltacht Area. The innovations hubs are to be dotted along the majestic Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork in addition to Waterford and Meath in Ireland’s Ancient East. Six Gaeltacht islands and seven non-Gaeltacht islands also form part of this growing digital ecosystem which is providing vital infrastructure and facilitating worldwide connectivity to these rural areas.
Four hubs have been opened to date in Gaoth Dobhair in Co. Donegal, Béal an Mhuirthead in Co. Mayo, An Cheathrú Rua (pictured) in Co. Galway and the Mol Teic/Dingle hub in Daingean Uí Chúis in Co. Kerry. It is expected that a further two gteic hubs will be completed and welcoming customers in Na Forbacha and Carna in Co. Galway by the end of 2018.
The gteic digital hubs will provide a vibrant network of high speed broadband facilities in rural Gaeltacht areas to stimulate job creation, to assist remote working, to encourage and enable the return of Diaspóra na Gaeltachta, to facilitate concept development and new business and to develop a community of hubs where the unique Gaeltacht culture drives creativity and innovation.
gteic hubs include hot desk and shared space facilities for remote workers and eworkers in addition, depending on location, to fully equipped office spaces and incubation units with high speed internet connectivity to facilitate innovation and concept development.
These developments will give the Gaeltacht community, both at home and abroad, an opportunity to return to or live in their home area by providing remote working opportunities at hot desks, co-working spaces or private oﬃces at these hubs. This in turn will support, bolster and assist these unique language communities and help them to face the challenges of rural depopulation.
This growing digital ecosystem is providing an excellent opportunity for new technology companies to establish or locate themselves in the rural areas which encompass the Gaeltacht and for their employees to enjoy the excellent worklife balance that these picturesque areas can offer.