A high-speed free public wifi service has gone online in Galway city centre.

The wifi corridor will stretch from Spanish Arch to Eyre Square.

The initiative is being run between telecoms company Magnet Networks and the Galway business community.

Local businesses along the route have allowed access points to be installed on their premises.

The project will be financed by giving local businesses the opportunity to sponsor the wifi by placing an advertisement on the login page, with a promotional offer sent to each person after they log in.

Magnet Networks have had free wifi in place at Spanish Arch for the past year, since the company first provided the service for the Galway Food Festival.