Offaly rural areas

The table below lists the 27 rural areas in Co Offaly in the order they were connected – for example, Lusmagh was the 21st rural area in Ireland out of 792 to receive electricity under the scheme. This table also includes 7 rural areas that cross Offaly’s county boundaries: Carrig, Co Tipperary; Horseleap, Moydrum and Ballinhown, Co Westmeath; Lullymore, Co Kildare; Garrymore, Co Laois; and Lisdowney, Co Kilkenny.

To view the original map used to plan the Offaly (AKA King’s County) rural areas, click here.

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

No. Area Start End Poles Line Consumers
21 Lusmagh Dec 1947 Sep 1948 686 59 km 137
58 Shinrone Jan 1949 Jul 1949 931 77 km 203
217 Rahan Jun 1952 Feb 1953 900 80 km 280
246 Rhode Jan 1953 Jul 1953 1190 102 km 242
354 Carrig Jun 1954 Feb 1955 698 66 km 110
399 Kinnitty
AKA Kinnity
Dec 1954 Jul 1955 685 62 km 110
400 Clareen Dec 1954 Apr 1955 754 73 km 15
486 Geashill Dec 1955 Sep 1956 1274 110 km 175
525 Horseleap Jul 1956 Mar 1957 821 79 km 220
526 Tober Jul 1956 Oct 1956 785 76 km 1
572 Moydrum Mar 1957 Oct 1957 1455 131 km 76
573 Croghan Sep 1956 Feb 1957 1049 86 km 264
591 Bishopswood Jul 1957 Nov 1957 360 32 km 90
613 Lullymore Dec 1957 Nov 1958 701 63 km 225
643 Cloneygowan Aug 1958 Feb 1959 825 77 km 180
644 Durrow Oct 1958 Apr 1959 1450 114 km 130
667 Ballycumber Feb 1959 Aug 1959 1320 110 km 100
676 Garrymore Aug 1959 Aug 1960 1164 105 km 290
689 Ballinahown Aug 1959 Jan 1960 1170 109 km 291
702 Belmont Oct 1959 Oct 1960 970 80 km 280
712 Moneygall Aug 1960 May 1961 1233 98 km 130
716 Pollagh May 1960 Dec 1960 1250 107 km 130
731 Cangort Apr 1961 Jul 1961 392 98 km 12
733 Mountbolus Dec 1960 May 1961 1570 133 km 80
743 Fivealley May 1961 Sep 1961 720 62 km 50
749 Kilcoleman May 1961 Nov 1961 630 47 km 140
751 Lisdowney May 1961 Feb 1962 880 81 km 284

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

1 Comment
  1. Delighted to see the Offaly records on line, and especially Croghan with 264 consumers. Wonderful records for our historians to examine in the context of the development of rural Ireland. These are the areas not often spoken about and which are needed to be understood better in order to write the national historical picture on Irelands development.

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