At ESB Archives we collect, preserve and makes accessible the records relating to ESB.
ESB’s history goes back almost as far as the founding of the State and is inextricably linked with the development of modern Ireland.
Our story reflects the economic, social and cultural changes over nearly a century, and contains lessons and insights that remain relevant to the world we live in today and the decisions that are facing us.
The story of how ESB overcame the challenges of bringing electricity to the nation is fascinating, not least because it mirrors so many of the issues that we still face today, whether that is in making investment decisions and technology choices, or engaging with the public around new concepts and ideas.
Our collections include:
- Shannon Scheme Development (Ardnacrusha)
- Rural Electrification
- Development of Stations
- Marketing and promotional material
- Audio visual material including photographs, film and oral histories
Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927.