Three, Ireland’s largest high speed mobile network and official National Broadband Scheme provider, is announcing the creation of ‘33’ new jobs as the latest independently-owned 3Store opens, bringing to six the number of stores opened to date this year. Over the next three months a further four independently –owned stores will open around the country.

The latest 3Store to open is in Ballincollig, County Cork and independently owned by Crona Byrne, daughter of the legendary TV host Gay Byrne, and her partner Philip Carney, bringing more choice to one of the fastest developing towns in Ireland.

Commenting on the opening, Crona Byrne, owner of the new 3Store in Ballincollig said: “Ballincollig is a great and prosperous town and is one of the fastest developing towns in the country. It’s fantastic to have the backing and full support of a brand like Three to not only create jobs for the locality, but to bring more choice to the town. We are the first major mobile network to set up shop in the area and I very much look forward to welcoming the local people and inviting them to see our great value price plans.”

Simon Jones, Head of Sales at Three, commented: “In challenging economic times Three continues to demonstrate its commitment and dedication to the Irish market. Three continues to back local independent retailers by providing access to the strength of Three’s global brand and all the economies of scale that come from joining a major retail network.”

Since launching inIrelandin 2005, Three, owned by Hutchison Whampoa, has invested over €5m in expanding its retail footprint, over €500,000 of which has been invested in these independently-owned stores.

Of the six new independently-owned 3Stores opened so far, two are situated in County Cork with the others in Naas, Middleton, Donaghmede and Athy. The remaining four scheduled to open over the coming weeks include further locations inCork, Arklow, Galway and Tipperary and will bring the number of independently owned 3Stores nationwide to 28.

By the end of this year, combined with their “own store” base consisting of 28 retail outlets, over 250 retail staff will be working across 56 stores nationwide under the Three brand. The majority of the independently-owned stores will be opened with existing retail partners. Three is also looking for interested applicants with a strong track record in the telecommunications retail sector. Interested independent retailers can apply to sales@three.ie or see www.three.ie/3partners.