In light (no pun intended), of the upcoming 70th anniversary of Rural Electrification on 5 November, we’ve used Google Maps to find the location of some of our most iconic rural images. Most are easily recognisable, admittedly with a few changes here and there!
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Dromiskin, Co Louth
A crowd of children gather to watch the connection of a house on Chapel Road.
Oldtown, Co Dublin
The first rural customer to be connected under the Rural Electrification Scheme was White’s Spirit Grocery in Oldtown, now the Oldtown House pub. Michael Lowry, then Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications, re-enacted the switch on during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th Anniversary in 1996 – with the oil lamp from the original photograph still given pride of place.
Rosses Point, Co Sligo
Another crowd gather to watch the connection of a cottage on the waterfront at Rosses Point beach, and an ESB employee using a pair of shoe spikes to climb the electricity pole.
Blackwater, Co Wexford
The now famous pop-up shop has gone, and the building façade has changed significantly.
Ballinamult Creamery, Co Waterford
Our 100,000th customer is easily recognisable!
Click here to view more images from our rural electrification gallery.