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MottoIreland's National Education & Research Network
Formation1983; incorporated in November 1997[1]
Legal statusCompany limited by guarantee
Region served
Main organ
Board of Directors

HEAnet is the national education and research network of Ireland.

HEAnet’s e-infrastructure services support approximately 210,000 students and staff (third-level) in Ireland, and approximately 800,000 students and staff (first and second-level) relying on the HEAnet network.[1] In total, the network supports approximately 1 million users.[2]

Established in 1983 by a number of Irish universities,[1] and supported by the Higher Education Authority, HEAnet provides e-infrastructure services to schools, colleges and universities within the Irish education system. Its network connects Irish universities, Institutes of technology in Ireland, and other higher education institutions (HEIs) and research organisations.[citation needed] It also provides internet services to primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.[3]

HEAnet also hosts a mirror service, which acts as a mirror for projects such as SourceForge, Debian, and Ubuntu.[4]

In 2017, HEAnet announced additional investment in "100Gbps [services] to boost bandwidth accessed by [...] 216 academic locations around Ireland".[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "About". Heanet.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. ^ "HEAnet to announce new security deal". Irishtimes.com. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  3. ^ "HEAnet completes €30m second level broadband rollout". TechCentral.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "ftp.heanet.ie". ftp.heanet.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ "HEAnet invests €5m in 100Gbps nationwide network". Siliconrepublic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Agile Networks secures €5m contract with HEAnet". Irishtimes.com. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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