Power for progress, 1955

Description: Documentary detailing the story of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) chronologically from 1927-1955. Documents Ireland’s first hydroelectric scheme at Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare through footage of the internal and exterior of the power station, development of further hydro stations throughout the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s including Liffey, Erne and Lee. Provides interior and exterior footage of… Continue Reading


More power to the farmer, 1957

Description: Film celebrating the Rural Electrification Scheme and transformative benefits to rural Ireland. Opening scenes depict Ireland as an agricultural country with scenes of harvesting in fields, cows grazing, planting potations, farmers harvesting together. Depicts many manual farming and domestic scenes by rural men and women, churning butter, washing by hand, carrying water by bucket,… Continue Reading


Power for prosperity, 1963

Chronicles the development of ESB and electricity in Ireland from the Shannon Scheme in 1927 through to the expansion of the network up to early 1960s.


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


Connecting Westmeath to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Westmeath had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 6 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 6 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 Louth to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Louth 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


Connecting Longford to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Longford had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 2 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 2 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 Limerick to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Limerick had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 6 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 6 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