Power for Tomorrow, 1968

Documentary with a futuristic theme, emphasising the contribution of electrical power to industry, agriculture and domestic life and the major part it has played in revolutionising rural Ireland.

Opening scenes of aeroplane landing at Dublin Airport and footage of air traffic control centre.

Moves to footage of switch room at CIE and further industrial and factory scenes throughout Ireland including welding, car manufacture, printing of RTE Guide, light bulb manufacture and weaving highlighting the dependence and development of industry on electrical power.

Provides overview of ESB’s past, present and future developments from Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare, Tarbert, Co. Kerry, Great Island, Co. Wexford, Pigeon House, Dublin and Turlough Hill, Co. Wicklow.

Includes interior and exterior shots of space age transformer stations and control room.

Footage of ESB employees working on live line work, underground cabling, load dispatch office and classroom footage of ESB employees training on ESB’s control room stimulator.

Concludes with further scenes of domestic, agriculture and industry including baby in an incubator and scenes of Dublin lit up at night time featuring Arnotts on Henry Street and Savoy Cinema.

Duration: 00:11:43
Format: 16mm, colour

Script: Michael Colley (ESB Public Relations Officer)
Editor: Merritt Butler
Sound: Peter Hunt
Director-cameraman: George Fleischmann
Camera Assistant: Breffni Byrne