Steam Power

When the Shannon Scheme was under construction in the late 1920s, many of its opponents argued that it would be a ‘white elephant’, producing electricity that would never be used. Of course, within years, these critics were proved wrong as demand for electricity grew so much that ESB had to construct additional hydro schemes at… Continue Reading


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