April 24th, 2015


Council for the West welcomes transatlantic fibre-optic cable


‘A marvellous development for Mayo and the entire western region’ is how the Council for the West has described the announcement that work is to start this summer on constructing a €280m fibre-optic cable connecting New York and Mayo.

The 5400km cable – the first of its kind to be laid between the USA and Ireland in over a decade – will run between Shirley, New York, and Killala, Co. Mayo. It is expected to treble data connectivity across the Atlantic and will generate significant opportunities for employment and development in the west and throughout Ireland. Ireland will become a stepping-stone for online content delivery between North America and Europe.

“High-speed connectivity is crucial for the west of Ireland,” said Council for the West vice-chairperson  Declan O’Callaghan.

“Given the trade and cultural links between Ireland and the USA, this is a major boost for the region and will assist many existing businesses, plus it will act as an incentive for other businesses to locate here.

“There should be particular benefits in the area of data storage, data processing and industries of that type. The huge surge in cloud computing has opened up enormous opportunities, and this fibre-optic cable puts Mayo and the west in a very strong position to capitalise. This is a marvellous development for Mayo and the entire western region’

The project will commence this summer and the cable is expected to be operational by the end of 2015.  It is being built by AquaComms Limited, a provider of scalable, subsea capacity-based network solutions and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology.

The AEConnect Cable System will be able to simultaneously carry over 200,000 4K video and 150,000 8K video channels, along with 20 million 4G mobile callers at the same time.





Contact Point:

Acting Chairman:  Declan O’Callaghan Tel: 087 2435011

Administrator:      Caroline Wilson, Tel: 096 32975 / 086289 9296 / email: cftwest@iol.ie


The Council for the West is a voluntary, independent, non-political body which monitors and reports on the socio-economic state of the West and acts as a lobby group promoting the development of the West. The Council for the West was set up by the Western Bishops in 1994 and has successfully campaigned for retention of Objective 1 Status for the region in 1997 and was also instrumental in the establishment and retention of the Western Development Commission.  It continues to campaign for balanced regional development and highlights issues of major concern for the region.



Council for the West, Killala Business Park, Killala, Co. Mayo.  Tel: 096 32975,  Fax: 096 32014, E-mail: cftwest@iol.ie

Web: www.councilforthewest.ie Charitable Status No.: CHY 10724, Developing the West Together Limited Registered No.: 197197


Members: Chairman: Declan O’Callaghan Treasurer: Ray O’Donoghue Secretary: Michael McGarrigle PRO: Liam Horan, Neville Bagnall, John Connolly, Micheal Frain, Most Rev. Bishop John Fleming, Mike Hogan, Most Rev. Bishop Christy Jones, Diarmaid Mulcahy, Seamus Rodgers, Sean Sweeney.    

Co-ordinator: Caroline Wilson.  Patrons: Most Rev. Bishop Philip Boyce, Most Rev. Bishop Kevin Doran, Most Rev. Bishop Martin Drennan, Most Rev. Most Rev. Bishop John Fleming, Most Rev. Bishop John Kirby, Most Rev. Archbishop Michael Neary, Most Rev. Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Most Rev. Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Most Rev. Bishop Kieran O'Reilly, Right Rev. Patrick Rooke