ESB reopens Ardnacrusha to school and public tours

ESB reopens Ardnacrusha to school and public tours

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The hydro-electric station at Ardnacrusha – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

ESB is once again opening the gates of the historic Ardnacrusha Power Station to schools and the general public for a unique visitor experience into Ireland’s first national hydro-electric station in Co. Clare.

The decision to run the tours this summer is based on the popularity of both school and public tours over the past two years when, in 2017, ESB opened the gates to visitors to mark 90 years since ESB’s Foundation.

School group visits are being facilitated from 23 May to 28 June 2019, while public tours run from 1 July to 13 September 2019. The guided tours run from Monday to Friday, run for approximately 90 minutes and each tour can accommodate groups of up to 30. All bookings can be made online at www.esb.ie/ardnacrushatours.

Listen here for a radio package from Clare FM about the Ardnacrusha plant

Visitors are welcomed to the Ardnacrusha Experience at the recently refurbished visitors’ centre before going out on site to view the impressive headrace canal, locks and tailrace. Once inside the station, the living heritage of Shannon Scheme is brought to life through a series of animations which celebrate the history and impact of this iconic project. Visitors are given access to the very heart of the station with unique views of the turbine hall and a visit to the original control room.

ESB’s Alan Bane, Plant Manager at Ardnacrusha said: “The Ardnacrusha Experience tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life; it offers the opportunity for people to learn not just about the history of the plant dating back to its inception in the 1920s but also of ESB’s brighter future strategy which is leading the secure, affordable transition to a low-carbon energy future for Ireland. All of us who work at the plant have been very proud to open our gates to the general public. We look forward to welcoming school groups and indeed, all those with an interest in engineering, history and heritage for pre-booked visits over the summer.”

For more information and for accessibility details, please visit: www.esb.ie/ardnacrushatours

See a collection of photos and videos from the ESB Archive here.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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