Ardnacrusha Power Station open for visitors

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Local schoolchildren at the Ardnacrusha Experience.
Local schoolchildren at the Ardnacrusha Experience.

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

The decision to run the tours this summer is based on the continued popularity of the initiative which started in 2017 when the electricity supply company marked its 90th anniversary.

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School visits are being facilitated from May 23 to June 28, while public tours run from July 1 to September 13. The guided tours which operate from Monday to Friday, run for around 90 minutes and can accommodate groups of up to 30.

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 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.

Plant Manager Alan Bane 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.”

Bookings can be made at www.esb.ie/ardnacrushatours