Our Commitment to Preserving Ireland’s Heritage and Environment

ESB Archives

ESB maintains one of the most important private archives in Ireland, documenting the history of electricity in Ireland. The archive includes material relating to a number of major milestones in Irish history, including the Shannon Scheme in Ardnacrusha, and the rural electrification programme from the 1940s to the 1970s.

ESB’s Archives department supports hundreds of researchers, authors and academics each year, helping to build up a comprehensive story of Ireland’s history and heritage. The archives team has recently embarked on a project to digitize the archives in order to increase their accessibility and reach.

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ESB Art Collection

ESB is a proud patron of the arts in Ireland. Throughout our history we have commissioned artists to capture important milestones and developments in our company. Within our collection, we have the largest and most significant collection of the artist Sean Keating’s paintings in the world.

Since 2007 ESB has identified and celebrated excellence in the visual arts at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s annual exhibition through the ‘ESB Keating Awards for Outstanding Art Work’ and the 'ESB Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture.'

In 2014, ESB commissioned Martin Gale to paint a number of oil paintings and watercolours to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Turlough Hill.