ESB and Group Water Schemes

ESB has always been invested in improving the quality of Irish daily life. Today, ESB connects approximately 2.4 million homes and businesses to electricity throughout the country. However, ESB’s impact extends beyond just providing power, as is demonstrated by its role in Group Water Schemes (GWS) in Ireland, established to ensure a reliable and sustainable… Continue Reading

Electrifying One Million Homes and Businesses (1927-1978) ESB Timeline

Visualisations and Key Timelines

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

Rural memories: Jerry Corbett, Cork

Jerry Corbett joined ESB at the age of 13 in 1932, meaning that he had 52 years of service at the time of his retirement in 1983 – one of the longest serving employees in ESB history. Shortly after the launch of our new website, Jerry’s son Tony got in touch to generously share some of his… Continue Reading

Adverts – 1960s

The 1960s was a decade full of optimism. Thousands of Irish people returned home, following the mass emigration from the recession of the late 1950s. Employment figures increased and take-home pay was on the rise. The Rural Electrification Scheme had installed the electricity infrastructure through most of the country bringing more than 300,000 additional rural… Continue Reading