Ardnacrusha Power Station offering tours this summer

Rory O'Connor

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Ardnacrusha Power Station offering tours this summer

Public tours will run from July 1

THE ESB are once again opening the gates of the historic Ardnacrusha Power Station to schools and the general public this summer.

Visitors are set for a unique experience into Ireland’s first national hydro-electric station.

ESB’s Alan Bane, plant manager at Ardnacrusha, spoke of his excitement about the developments: “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.” he said.

“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” he added.

This year’s tour includes the  impressive headrace canal, locks and tailrace along with the newly refurbished visitng centre. There is even a behind the scenes look at the original control room on offer. Each tour takes approximately 90 minutes and groups of up to 30 can be accommodated.  School groups run from May 23 to June 28, while public tours run from July 1 to September 13, all bookings can be made at www.esb/arnacrushatours.com