Connecting Offaly to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Offaly 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 Waterford to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Waterford had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 11 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 11 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 Wicklow to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Wicklow had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 11 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 11 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 Wexford to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Wexford had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 9 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 9 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 Cavan to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Cavan had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 11 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 11 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 Clare to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Clare had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 8 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 8 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


Oldtown switches on again

Oldtown in North Co Dublin was the first rural area connected as part of the Rural Electric Scheme in Jan 1947. Charlie Rooney was there in 1947 and switched on the electricity in this reenactment in Jan 2017.


More power to the housewife: the National Wholemeal Breadmaking Championships

The 1952 World Ploughing Championships were held in Killarney, Co. Kerry, For the event, the National Ploughing Association (NPA) requested ESB’s help in providing electricity for the event. ESB seized the opportunity, sparking a long-lasting exercise in co-operation with the NPA, and further enabling regular showcases demonstrating the benefits of electricity on the farm to… Continue Reading


Rural electrification of Moore, Co Roscommon in 1949

Area: Moore Started: April 1949 Finished: June 1949 Poles used: 387 Line used (km): 34 Premises connected: 138 The figures above were sourced from our REO News magazine. Click here to find out more on what the figures mean. The map above shows the area boundary and is from a digitised version of the original map used during the scheme. The sales van was busy… Continue Reading


Rural electrification of Clogh, Co Sligo in 1963

Area: Clogh Started: June 1962 Finished: March 1963 Poles used: 987 Line used (km): 86 Premises connected: 279 The figures above were sourced from our REO News magazine. Click here to find out more on what the figures mean. The map above shows the area boundary and is from a digitised version of the original map used during the scheme. Unfortunately… Continue Reading


Rural electrification of Muff, Co Donegal in 1956

Area: Muff Started: September 1955 Finished: January 1956 Poles used: 607 Line used (km): 50 Premises connected: 160 The figures above were sourced from our REO News magazine. Click here to find out more on what the figures mean. The map above shows the area boundary and is from a digitised version of the original map used during the scheme. Water pumps were… Continue Reading