Chairperson of Roscommon Town Team Larry Brennan believes the rollout of high-speed broadband in the town will be hugely beneficial to residents and businesses alike and that the county town can become a regional hub.
“We are lucky in Roscommon town and surrounding areas with our connection to broadband which as ‘high-speed’ as anywhere else in the country,” he said.
“We are also fortunate in Roscommon town and the south of the county that we now have a connection to the 5G mobile network. The rollout of high-speed broadband across the county enables people to work from home and that’s hugely attractive to those looking to move away from bigger cities.
“We all know that modern internet connection is as important now as the connection to the electricity grid years ago – you simply cannot do business without it”.
While Roscommon’s digital transformation is ongoing, Larry believes there are still a number of challenges facing businesses in the county this year.
“The single biggest challenge is the rising cost of energy. Government intervention is helpful and will probably make the difference between some businesses surviving and shutting their doors,” he said.
“For higher users of energy, however, it won’t be enough and it is a source of some annoyance that this government grant only covers the main grid. I’d ask the powers that be to look at covering other fuel sources also”.
The outlook for 2023 looks positive according to the local publican, who highlighted Roscommon’s return to National Football League Division One as a boon for the town.
“We’re only in mid-January but already we have four home National Football League matches to look forward to, which will be a big boost for the hospitality sector in Roscommon,” he said.
“It’s great to see that plans are afoot for Dr. Hyde Park too because that is one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the town”.
Speaking of infrastructure, Larry says the redevelopment of The Square will boost tourism.
“Everyone I have been speaking to, particularly those visiting from outside the county, has commented on how well Roscommon Town Centre looked over Christmas,” he said.
“The next phase of the Public Realm Enhancement is in the final planning stages and I think that’s all very positive for the development of Roscommon as a modern centre for business and leisure and as a hub for the entire region,” he concluded.