The Quiet Revolution: The Electrification of Ireland

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The bringing of electricity to rural Ireland, begun in the 1940s, was a quiet revolution that transformed the lives of rural dwellers.

This book is an entertaining and detailed account of those events. It tells of the plans, the financing, the organization, materials and problems, the celebrations, and the contributions of the many different organizations that made the project possible. It brings the spirit of the times to life and recaptures the enthusiasm and sense of awe that greeted this new source of energy and the beginning of modern life.

Review

 

Great social history

(Joe Duffy, RTE)

'It is one of the major advances in our country in this century and perhaps in social terms the most significant since the Famine, apart from the abolition of landlordism. This book is of unique value.'

(Dr Tom Walsh)

 

Synopsis

It is over half a century since electricity was introduced to rural Ireland. Prior to that, people living in rural areas were still using nineteenth-century methods of farming and were still depending on lamps and candles for light. In the short time since the ESB brought electricity to those areas, the changes have been all-encompassing. The bringing of electricity to rural Ireland, begun in the 1940s, was a quiet revolution that transformed the lives of rural dwellers, lifting them instantly out of nineteenth-century conditions. This book is an entertaining and detailed account of these events. It brings the spirit of the times to life and recaptures the enthusiasm and sense of awe that greeted this new source of energy and the beginning of modern life.

About the Author

MICHAEL SHIEL was born in Galway and graduated as an engineer from UCG. He began work on one of the first rural schemes in 1947, and claims he was the first registered rural electrification consumer west of the Shannon, at his home near Enniscrone. He later became Commercial/Distribution Director of ESB.