Modern living country style, 1961

Description: This film was shot at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Ballsbridge, Dublin on the occasion of the RDS’s Horse Show in 1961. Opening scenes show exterior shots of the RDS and spectators enjoying the horseshow. Cuts to ESB’s stand at the horseshow displaying a model of the transformation of an Irish farm kitchen brought up-to-date… Continue Reading


Liquid asset, 1967

Description: Film produced at a time when an estimated 200,000 rural homes were without a piped water supply. The film tells the story of a  newly married fictional couple, John and Kathleen. John is a farmer who has inherited a cottage and farm and Kathleen comes from the town. While the cottage has an electricity… Continue Reading


Power for prosperity, 1963

Description: Documentary on the story of electricity; one of the most significant contributions that science has made to every day life from innovators, Franklin, Farrady and Edison. Summarises the development of electricity in Ireland , beginning with footage of the River Shannon, still footage of Ardnacrusha and expansion of the electricity network throughout the 1930s.… Continue Reading


Making money from clean milk, 1966

Description: Film providing an educational account of the techniques required to produce clean milk on a small to medium sized farm and the important reasons for doing so as narrated by farmer Michael O’Riordan. It emphasises the importance of a clean and plentiful water supply as provided through an electric water pump. Opening scenes how… Continue Reading


Connecting Mayo to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Mayo had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 10 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 10 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading


Connecting One Million Irish Homes to the National Grid 1929—1978: Note on sources

The data from ESB Archives’ map ‘Connecting One Million Irish Homes to the National Grid, 1929—1978’ has been compiled from a variety of sources. To view the map, click here. Local electricity suppliers in Ireland Information relating to local electricity suppliers in Ireland before the establishment of ESB in 1927 is based on information gathered… Continue Reading


Connecting Carlow to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Carlow had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 4 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 4 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading