Seems that NTL (or rather UPC) are having a bit of trouble with servicing my area at the moment.
On Friday evening the whole network went down for about two hours, cutting off both my TV and broadband signal. And then this evening the broadband internet disappeared for another couple of hours.
I used to tell people that, once the NTL service was set up, that it was fairly reliable. I know my cable TV and broadband connection in Edinburgh was good, because for one period of time I didn’t have cause to contact them for about 3 years. But the utilities here in Dublin don’t seem to be all that resilient – what with all the power cuts too.