ESB Archives

Parnell Avenue

Harold’s Cross

Dublin 12

D12 TD76



Twitter: @esbarchives





The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927. For more information on ESB, visit or view our historic timeline at


ESB Archives

ESB Archives was founded in 1991 to collect, preserve and provide access to the records of Ireland’s leading energy provider. In 2015, the archive was redeveloped with a digital focus aimed at raising awareness of the rich content of its collections.


Our collections comprise over 8,000 archival boxes and reflect the unique contribution of ESB to the economic, social and industrial development of Ireland over the past 90 years. Our key collections include material relating to:


  • the Shannon Scheme;
  • the Rural Electrification Scheme;
  • the development of generating stations;
  • marketing and promotional material;
  • ESB’s annual reports and publications; and
  • audiovisual material including photographs, film and oral histories.

Our website was designed to answer a variety of queries by sharing both audiovisual content and high-level context relating to our most popular collections. We update our home page and blog regularly with material which has been recently uncovered or digitised.


Our ‘publications’ tab allows users free access to a variety of resources, including ESB’s annual reports (1928–), or the original progress reports published by Siemens during the construction of the Shannon Scheme (1926–1929).


Contact us

For more information, please contact us at, or at 01-6042146. NOTE: as the majority of our collections are as yet uncatalogued, please include as much detail in your email as possible, and our archives team will do our best to answer your query.


Compiled by: Dr Kirsten Mulrennan, ESB Archivist, May 2017