Lighting way to prosperity [Ireland’s electrification]
The ESB has been around for less than 100 years or so.
1929 saw the first hydropower Shannon scheme come into operation. Opened by WT Cosgrove in July and generating electricity in October of the same year. The state-owned Electricity Board(ESB) came into existence in 1927.
The very first electricity pole was erected on 5th November 1946 at Kilsallaghan north Co Dublin
The first LIGHT of the scheme was switched on in Oldtown CO. Dublin in January 1947.
It was going to be some years before all of Ireland would have access to Electricity.
Prosperity arrives in Ireland
USA, UK other European countries now had electricity, Lighting up their homes and factories
The job of providing electricity to every home, street, factory was enormous. A plan was devised and the state was divided into 792 areas along parish boundaries.
Remember, there is still no phone, no way of communication except by word of mouth. So, the obvious way of spreading the word was from local pulpit community church every Sunday. Priests and vicars talked about the ESB project from their pulpit the communities were being united with letters from the USA and UK about electricity.
Irish communities were too about to gain this wonderful invention called electric light.
Think for a moment, people in Ireland were still in the dark ages while the rest of the world were being lit up with electric light bulb, this new-fangled invention was coming to a rural townland, village, town city near you that would change the very essenes of how Ireland was going to change in the 20 century. Ireland had arrived.
The approach in every townland was the same, The ESB through the local priest and vicar from their pulpit asked home owners/ farmers/ business owners if they wanted to sign up for electricity, then held local parish meetings. The first phase of electrification ran from 1946 to 1965
The ESB much like to day with rural Internet connection deemed where it was uneconomic to run electricity lines to just one or two houses. The parishes with the highest take-up were the first to be connected
It was the talk of the community- they had little else to talk about except the weather, turf cutting, helping their neighbour save the hay, oats’ Ireland in the 50’s was losing its men to England and the USA because of economic hard times with little money to put bread on the table.
Switching on the light when you returned home at night was by lighting candles or oil lamps (locally know as Tilley lamp). Oil was available but only the odd family owned a tractor or car. Popular mode of transport was the Raleigh Bicycle, Pony & Trap and people walked from place to place the train was available for longer trips.
Some facts about electrification in Ireland
- One million Poles erected
- 50,000miles of electrical wire strung or equivalent to 80,467 km
· £36 million cost of rural electrification or about € 1.5bn in 2017
- 80% of rural homes connected by 1965
- Home cooking started to change from open fires to electricity cooker
- Ireland Joined EEC in 1973 and became better off
- In 1900 only thirty percent (30%) of people lived in towns and cities
- TV became popular in the 60’s. Cinemas declined in popularity
- The Ericsson’s Bakelite Black phone started to become popular in the late 60’s
Ireland is now the hub of communication to every corner of the world
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