Inishmore Electricity Supply

Connecting the Islands

We are currently researching electricity connections to Ireland’s islands. We will continue to add connection dates to our database as we gather more information. If you have information on a particular island that you would like to share, please contact esbarchives@esb.ie. The information below provides an overview of the supply of electricity to Ireland’s islands.… Continue Reading


October covers of ESB Journal

View a selection of October covers 1958-1970 from our staff magazine ESB Journal, published monthly by ESB’s Personnel Department.      


August covers of ESB Journal

View a selection of August covers 1958-1970 from our staff magazine ESB Journal, which was published monthly by ESB’s Personnel Department. Ferbane Generating Station vas specially taken for E.S.B. JOURNAL by S. G. Reeves, Public Relations Department.  Connemara by A. O’Toole, Drawing Office.. The front cover was designed by Patricia Lynes of Public Relations Dept,  Drawing… Continue Reading


ESBComputer Section, Data Processing, 1986

Computers in ESB in the 1980s

ESB was a pioneer in the early days of computerisation and quickly recognised the value of new technology in enhancing customer service. See our previous post about first IBM computers installed in ESB in the early 1960s. We’ve included a selection of IT related photos from the 1980s in our slideshow above. All, except one,… Continue Reading


June covers of ESB Journal

View a selection of June covers 1959-1970, from our staff magazine ESB Journal 1959: Our cover photograph of the Oil Refinery at Whitegate, with St. Coleman’s Cathedral, Cobh, in the background, was taken by S. G. Reeves, Public Relations Department.1960: Our covcr is a drawing of the New Offices and Showrooms in Fleet Street, made… Continue Reading


Generation Transmission Timeline 1927-1980

1927-1945: Ardnacrusha, Shannon Scheme, World War II Generation and Transmission System Maps – click to view In 1929 ESB began supplying the cities, towns and villages with electricity generated at Ardnacrusha and transmitted through the new national Shannon Scheme network. ESB acquired Pigeon House, an oil burning station previously managed by Dublin Corporation Lighting Committee… Continue Reading


ESB Electricity Generation in Ireland since 1929

In 1929 ESB began supplying the urban areas with power produced at Ardnacrusha. It transmitted the power through the new national network constructed by the Shannon Scheme. In the same year ESB acquired Pigeon House, (an oil burning station which had been operational under the Dublin Corporation Lighting Committee since 1903) and later a smaller station in Cork… Continue Reading


Europe at Work – Ardnacrusha Memories Virtual Collection Days hosted by the Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum, Limerick in collaboration with ESB Archives, Europeana, EuropeanExpo2020 are hosting virtual collection days to collect stories, personal archives, objects and memorabilia about the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme at Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare. Jill Cousins, Director of the Hunt Museum said, “We are asking anyone with connections to the Shannon Scheme at Ardnacrusha and their… Continue Reading


Rural Electrification Colourised Images

Inspired by the colourised photos trend, we decided to join the fun and see what our favourite archive photos look like in colour. We have run our photos through open source software deOldify and are loving the results especially on our ESB branded vehicles. It feels like we are meeting our old friends again. If you… Continue Reading


May covers of ESB Journal

View a selection of May covers 1959-1970, from our staff magazine ESB Journal May 1959  ‘Horsepower, was taken by staff, Sligo District Office. May 1960 Cover designed b to mark the occasion of Mr. Browne’s retirement from the Chairmanship of the Board. May 1961 Rathmullan Fort, Lough Foyle, Co. Donegal May 1962 Dresden Nuclear Power… Continue Reading


April covers of ESB Journal

View a selection of April covers 1959-1970, from our staff magazine ESB Journal ESB Journal is available to view as part of our online vintage newspaper library open to ESB retired staff. Please visit https://esbarchives.ie/vintage-esb-newspapers/ April 1959: Lanesboro’ Generating Station with the River Shannon and part of Lough Ree in the background.April 1960: Our cover photograph was submitted by… Continue Reading


March covers of ESB Journal

View a selection of March covers 1959-1970, from our staff magazine ESB Journal ESB Journal is available to view as part of our online vintage newspaper library open to ESB retired staff. Please visit https://esbarchives.ie/vintage-esb-newspapers/ March 1959.Carrier frequency telephone coupling equipment to 110 KV Transmission lines at Lough Allen, Arigna, ESB Journal, March 1959. march 1960, Rural Electrification,… Continue Reading