As the Aran islands are remote islands off the west coast of Ireland which is more less densely populated than the east coast means that we are a bit behind in certain things and broadband internet is one of them. There are 4 provinces in Ireland which are Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht. Most the the population lives in Leinster where of course Dublin is located and the largest population group is in the great Dublin area which spans all the way from Greystones, County Wicklow all the way up to Drogheda in County Louth. Over 2.5 million people live in this area which means that they get the most funding and services in general are better over there.
Over here in Connacht is the least densely populated area with Galway city being the capital and just touch 100,000 people. The Aran islands are then in a remote part of the smallest province which means that getting things like broadband internet has been slower than the rest of the country. It is finally now here and fibre broadband is available which means services like Netflix can be used and devices like the android TV box or Apple TV can be used to watch movies and TV. It is also quite important for the tourism here as 95% of bookings are made on the internet so having a good internet service that is reliable is important.
The government have worked hard with a program called decentralization to encourage people to move to other parts of the country but the fact remains that Dublin is a primate city so therefore is much bigger than the other cities and has much more opportunity than the smaller cities in Ireland. Belfast would also be a small city and is the capital of Ulster so although it is only up the road and quite big it is not part of the republic which means the next biggest city is Cork. Progress is being made though and here on the islands we are happy to be finally catching up with the rest of the country!