Rural electrification map, 1946-1965
In 1946, approximately 2 million people in over 400,000 rural homes had no electricity connection.
These were mainly homes in the truly rural areas as over 240,000 premises in Irish cities, towns and large villages already had electricity.
Our map shows the 792 ESB rural areas used in the roll out of the first phase of rural electrification in Ireland between 1946 to 1965 only. Any towns and villages connected before 1946 are not featured here. Nor are town lands connected after the end of phase 1 in 1965. Black Valley in Co Kerry, for example, is not included as it was connected in the late 1970s.
For more information relating to the implementation of the scheme, as well as phases of post-development and extension post-1965, click here.