Limerick rural areas

The table below lists the 43 rural areas in Co Limerick in the order they were connected – for example, Patrickswell was the 3rd rural area in Ireland out of 792 to receive electricity under the scheme.This table also includes 4 rural areas that cross Limerick’s county boundaries: Kilcommon/Kilcommin, Birdhill and Toor, Co Tipperary; and Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

To view the original map used to plan the Limerick rural areas, click here.

Click on the links below to read more about each rural area

No. Area Start End Poles Line Consumers
3 Patrickswell Dec 1947 Apr 1948 1825 134 km 490
34 Kilfinnane Aug 1948 May 1949 1089 81 km 284
55 Hospital Jan 1949 Jul 1949 955 86 km 350
56 Oola Jan 1949 Aug 1949 908 77 km 270
57 Caherconlish Jan 1949 Oct 1949 1350 119 km 478
67 Pallasgreen Jul 1949 Nov 1949 962 77 km 320
77 Kilmallock Jul 1949 Feb 1950 1021 92 km 270
78 Kildimo Jul 1949 Mar 1950 1242 106 km 395
115 Castleconnell Apr 1950 Sep 1950 889 72 km 140
116 Rathkeale Apr 1950 Oct 1950 599 56 km 141
117 Monagea Apr 1950 Mar 1951 1367 106 km 381
139 Ballycampion Aug 1950 Aug 1951 977 91 km 88
140 Murroe Aug 1950 Jun 1951 867 80 km 160
160 Knockaderry Dec 1950 Oct 1951 1030 97 km 115
189 Kilfinny Oct 1951 Apr 1952 1134 100 214
191 Herbertstown Oct 1951 Jun 1952 1131 104 334
208 Drombanna Mar 1952 Dec 1952 675 63 240
222 Feenagh Aug 1952 Apr 1953 883 74 220
250 Adare Jan 1953 Nov 1953 972 86 km 270
272 Doon Aug 1953 Apr 1954 1324 120 km 320
292 Ballyorgan Aug 1953 Aug 1954 953 91 km 181
294 Fedamore Aug 1953 May 1954 877 81 km 260
295 Feohanagh Aug 1953 Jan 1954 598 58 km 144
334 Broadford Jun 1954 Dec 1954 758 69 km 113
335 Castletown Jun 1954 Dec 1954 1002 95 km 304
362 Kilcommon
AKA Kilcommin
Aug 1954 Sep 1955 1680 146 km 400
375 Mountcollins Sep 1954 Apr 1955 796 55 km 45
401 Shanagolden Dec 1954 Nov 1955 1146 99 km 82
402 Athlacca Dec 1954 May 1955 980 95 km 130
448 Rockhill Sep 1955 Apr 1956 974 90 km 210
449 Birdhill Sep 1955 Aug 1956 1603 135 km 267
450 Croom Sep 1955 Feb 1956 919 80 km 262
482 Athea Dec 1955 Jun 1956 996 90 km 180
488 Mitchelstown Dec 1955 Oct 1956 1440 120 km 121
491 Ballyhahill Dec 1955 Apr 1956 758 66 km 203
492 Rathreigh Dec 1955 Nov 1956 1637 141 km 454
493 Galbally Dec 1955 Oct 1956 773 81 km 21
495 Garryspillane Dec 1955 Jul 1956 569 57 km 169
547 Askeaton Jul 1956 Jul 1957 1694 142 km 355
611 Tournafulla May 1957 Dec 1958 1239 103 km 314
654 Devon Road Dec 1958 May 1959 1040 86 km 206
737 Toor Dec 1960 Apr 1961 748 65 km 121
744 Glenbaun Jul 1961 Oct 1961 857 70 km 476

Shipping the poles

As we can see from the table above, the roll out of the scheme required the transport of over million poles all over the island of Ireland. Due to material shortages in the wake of WWII, the vast majority of these were sourced from Finland. You can read more about this process in an article written in ESB Journal by Peter Conroy, Divisional Accountant, here, and through the photographic collection of Stevedore Jerry Corbett.

Peter Conroy on Limerick quays with the first ever pole boat

Peter Conroy on Limerick quays with the first ever pole boat

For more information on the roll out of the Rural Electrification Scheme, click here, or browse our top rural electrification stories here.

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