Virgin Media Connects Ballina to Other Voices

Ultrafast broadband rocks the town


Virgin Media announced as broadband provider to live stream performances from St. Michael's Church to venues around Ballina during the two day Festival.

The Other Voices Ballina Music Trail will feature more than 35 free gigs taking place in various venues across Ballina over the Other Voices Festival Weekend. The Local Voices Music Trail will feature an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, musicians, bands and DJs, plying their wares across the pubs and venues of Ballina on September 28th and 29th. 


Niamh O’Driscoll, Senior Manager of Brand, Marketing and Communications at Virgin Media: “Behind these incredible acts are inspiring stories of hard work, dedication and incredible musicians.  As they prepare for the two day festival, we are honored to bring their friends, family and community closer to each act during Other Voices Ballina Festival , in new and innovative ways using our award winning broadband service. 


Tina O’Reilly, Producer of Other Voices, said “We are delighted to partner with Virgin Media, who’s broadband service in Ballina enables us to live stream the St. Michael’s Church performances to big screens in many of the Music Trail venues. Demand for Church tickets far outweighs capacity, so the Virgin Media live streaming means our festival community can pull up a chair, have a pint and enjoy every note from the Church as it happens.”


Other Voices, Ireland's Edge & Local Voices Ballina 2018 is made possible with the support and partnership of Mayo County Council,, Ballina Chamber, Creative Ireland, Mayo North,, Coca Cola, Intel, Hollister, The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas, LEADER, Department of Rural and Community Development, Mayo North East Leader Company, LCDC, Wild Atlantic Way, Ballina Arts Centre, The Jackie Clarke Collection, Music Generation Mayo and Core Music Hub.


Broadband matters and as part of our ‘Project Lightning’ network expansion programme, Virgin Media is expanding our ultrafast broadband network to Ballina bringing speeds of up to 360Mbps for residents and speeds of up to 500Mbps for small businesses.


Tom Gilligan is Director of Services for Assets at Mayo County Council said: “I’m delighted and want to sincerely thank Virgin Media for providing broadband to live stream performances in venues throughout Ballina during the Other Voices Music and Culture two day festival. It is fantastic that so many businesses, residents and visitors to Ballina will be able to benefit from ultrafast broadband and the enormous social and economic benefits which it brings. Mayo County Council is committed to closer collaboration with our key utility stakeholders in the region including telecommunications, power, gas, water and transportation in order to ensure that we all work together to deliver enhanced services for the continued benefit of our businesses, visitors and residents.      




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About Virgin Media


Virgin Media is known for challenging the status quo – taking on industry giants, championing people and simply delivering extraordinary products and services.


We help create a digital world that makes good things happen: for our customers and the communities in which we operate.


In Ireland our cable business delivers multi award-winning services: broadband, TV, mobile and home phone connect thousands of people across the country. But we’re not finished; we’re extending our network reach through Project Lightning so that more communities can enjoy the benefits of the fastest, widely available broadband speeds from Virgin Media.


Our broadcast division, Virgin Media Television is Ireland’s number one commercial broadcaster operating three free-to-air channels (Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Three, plus the Virgin Media Player), launched Virgin Media Sport and is a significant investor in home produced content across news, current affairs, drama and sports.


Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.


Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in 11 European countries. The company invests in the infrastructure and digital platforms that empower customers to make the most of the video, internet and communications revolution.


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