Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  December 9th 2017

The availability of  faster home broadband in Ireland has increased in the past couple of years as Fibre broadband gradually moves across the country. Fibre broadband can give  speeds of up to 100Mbps – compared to the maximum 24Mbps on copper phone lines (DSL) .
We have looked at some of the many broadband packages available to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

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These are the current six cheapest broadband and phone bundles with unlimited broadband data and unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines .  (All speeds are at least  “upto” 100Mbs  –  actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases). (These deals are usually only available for new customers .)

Prices Checked Dec 8th 2017

1 Eir – currently have the the lowest priced fibre broadband deal  – working out at €400  in year one ( includes  €50 cashback  .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles (€76 a month reduced to €40 for the first 12 months with a further €5 a month discount if you join online .)  Thi sEir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines  as well as Eir Sport. It is a 12 month contract – (so you can switch again without penalty if you want to when the price rises to €76 a month)  You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

2.Pure Telecom  have the second lowest priced fibre and phone bundle costing €504 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €34 for the first 6 months. They use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location.

3. Vodafone  broadband has  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and free calls to Irish  landlines. Vodafone’s bundle costs €50 a month (reduced to €40 for first 6 months) . This works out at a total of €540 in year one. (For an extra €60 over the 12 months you can add on free calls to Irish mobiles .) More details can be found on this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

4. Digiweb – have a fibre broadband bundle with speeds upto 100Mbs and  “unlimited” anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles as well as UK landlines and mobiles. It costs €49.95 per month which works out as €599.40 in year one.  (There is a limit on calls – but it’s pretty big – 6,000 to Irish/UK landline numbers and 1,500 minutes to any Irish/UK mobiles per month. Anything over that will be charged for.) More Here

5. Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 240Mb speeds and anytime calls to Irish landlines for €59 a month (reduced to €44 for first 6 months) . This would cost €618 in the first year. (12 month contract). They also have an option with a 30 day contract for €59 a month . Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

6.  Sky  have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb and anytime calls to Irish landlines and several international destinations. It costs €62.50 a month  with the first 12 months at €52.50 (works out at €680 in year one including equipment charges).


Broadband Price Comparison Summary (All listed bundles include free anytime calls to landlines)

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Eir
€400 €76 100Mb Unlimited
Pure Telecom €504 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Vodafone
€540 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€618 €59 240Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€680 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited

You can check current broadband prices and availailability in your area on the very useful Switcher.ie site

 

* Sky  package also  includes free anytime calls to landlines in these countries Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada and USA) . This would be a big attraction for people with friends and family living overseas.

++ Digiweb bundle includes 6000 minutes per month of calls to Irish and UK landlines PLus 1500 minutes of calls to UK/Irish mobiles.

If you are not bothered about having a landline – take a look at our page on the Best Prices for Broadband Only Deals

Most Popular Broadband Provider

According to ComReg  – in the middle of 2016  Eir were still the biggest broadband provider in Ireland – with 33.7% of total fixed broadband subscriptions, Virgin Media (formerly UPC)  had 27.4% of subscriptions. Vodafone had 17.7% and Sky Ireland had 11.1% of the market share. All other providers  accounted for the remaining 10.1% share of fixed broadband subscriptions.

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Electricity and Gas Price Comparison

cheapest gas irelandWhat are the Cheapest Options For Switching Both Gas and Electricity Providers in Ireland ?

Updated December 10th 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland have never switched energy providers. Recent figures show that  more than half of electricity and gas customers  have never switched supplier.
Doing a comparison of  Electricity and Gas Prices shows that for average households – switching energy supplier could cut energy bills by as much as €448 in just one year.

Question : How many hours would you have to work to earn  €448 in take home pay ? (Answer: About 42 hours ( a full weeks wages) for someone on €28k a year).

Note: The price comparisons below are based on what might be typical usage in a medium sized house, using gas for both heating and hot water. ( 11000 Kwh of  Gas and 4200 kwH of Electricity a year .)
We have assumed that the household is currently on the standard rate of Electricity with Electric Ireland and on the standard rates for gas with Bord Gais Energy. The current charge for both fuels would be €1752 a year in this scenario if paying bills as received ,not by direct debit.


Switching Dual Fuel – Same Supplier :

The best switching deal for a dual fuel bundle in this scenario is on the  Energia website using the  promo code CHEAPDUAL . You will get €50 cashback and 29% off their standard electricity rate and 28% off gas.
This deal will work out at €1405  in the first year – a saving of €347

If you are not already with Electric Ireland for any fuel –  then switching both fuels to Electric Ireland   will work out as the next best deal – at €1419 over the first 12 months  (inclusive of a €175 cashback)

The third best offer is from  SSE Airtricity at €1455 in year one . A saving of €295 . This is their 10% discount offer with €200 cashback. Available via Switcher.ie

A new supplier – Just Energy – has a fixed price option at €1476 in year one which might be worth considering. The unit rates will not increase (or decrease) for 20 months on this deal – so you could avoid any more possible gas or electricity price rises in the next 20 months. See more about Just Energy here


Switching to Separate Suppliers for Gas and Electricity  :

GAS:
The best option,  if you are currently on Bord Gais standard rates ,   is to switch your gas over to  Electric Ireland . In the first year this would work out at €527  (this includes €175 cashback offer ).  This is a saving of  €253 in year one compared to the €780 cost on Bord Gais Energy standard rates.

Other prices –  Flogas €599  ;  Just Energy €629 ;  )


ELECTRICITY:

The current cheapest deal on Electricity is from Bord Gais Energy  at €775 (including €175 cashback), This would be a saving in year one of €197 compared to staying on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.

This combination of two separate energy providers will work out at a total of €1302 in year one. This is a saving of €448 in year one compared to staying on the standard rates with Electric Ireland and Bord Gais Energy.

Alternatives:  – If you are already with Bord Gais for Electricity and with Electric Ireland for your Gas – then the cheapest option would be to switch your electricity to Electric Ireland (€757  inc €175 cashback) and your natural gas to Flogas  (€599). This would work out in the first year at a  total of  €1356 .

You can check other supplier prices for your usage on the useful  Switcher.ie website

But – note that the Energia promocode and cashback offer is only available direct with Energia Online

 Note :To get these lower prices with any of the suppliers you will usually have to pay by direct debit and have online billing.

See our Electricity Price Comparison Here

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Sky Ireland Offers

Sky Ireland usually have some offers to try and entice new customers to sign up. Christmas is a popular time for joining Sky – as a treat for the family or just because people realise that the “free” channels are showing loads of repeats again.

One of their best offers (for Sports fans) is  the offer of the basic “original”  TV Bundle with Sky Sports  . This gets you 55 TV channels + 7 Sports channels . They are offering  €20 a month off for 6 months .   (Normal price
€69.50 – with 6 months at €49.50 – a saving of €120)


(You can always cancel after the year is up. You get to keep the box and the dish.) If you do cancel after a year you will still be able to use the dish and box to watch plenty of the “freeview” channels such as the BBC  and ITV channels.
Find out more    Sky Offers Ireland


Sky  sport  channels include dedicated channels for the Premier League, Football, Cricket, Golf and F1.  You can see  international Rugby Union, Rugby League, boxing, darts, NFL, tennis and more on the Sky Sports Action and Arena channels .  Also the new Main Event channel which is dedicated to the biggest live events from across the Sky channels.


More  Offers and Discounts here

 

Banks Christmas Opening Hours 2017

Banks Christmas Opening Hours 2017 in Ireland

Most of us make visits to bank branches less often these days ,  with online banking and ATMs there is much less need to go into a bank . There are also less of them around than there were a few years ago.
But –  for those of you who might need to get to a bank or a Post Office in Ireland around Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 – here are the details of their opening and closing  days.

Banks will open and close as normal on Friday 22nd December 2017 and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.

Post Offices will close at 1pm on Dec 23rd and will not reopen until Thursday 28th December.
(UK/NI Banks will be open on Dec 27th.)

Post Offices and Banks in Ireland  will also be closed on 2nd January 2017

If your bank branch normally opens on a Saturday – they may also be open on the morning of Saturday 23rd December 2016.

There will be no post delivery by An Post  from 25th to 27th December inclusive. No delivery on Jan 1st 2018 either.

Information about Welfare and State Pension Payments at Christmas 2017 here