At ESB, We Believe In A Brighter Future

At ESB, we believe that Electricity is an enabler of societal and economic well-being and that every citizen should have access to secure, sustainable and affordable electricity supplies. Since our establishment in 1927, we have worked to bring light and energy to the people of Ireland, allowing individuals and communities to fulfil their potential in whatever walk of life they are in. Today, we continue to drive progress and change, constantly innovating and evolving to stay relevant and reliable for the many people who depend on us. For us, it's not about short term gains. We are driven by a desire to put in place solutions today that will leave a positive legacy for generations to come. We are harnessing all our resources for a brighter future, investing in our people and working collaboratively with partners to enhance the lives of our customers, drive economic progress and bring about a more sustainable future. We strive to be a safety leader in our industry, a world-class operator, a good corporate citizen and an employer of a smart, committed and healthy workforce.

ESB Archives

ESB Archives was formally established in 1991 and collects, preserves and makes accessible the history of ESB. The collection reflects the unique contribution ESB has made to the economic and social development of Ireland. 

Our website provides a virtual archives experience outlining 90 years of ESB’s rich heritage of innovations and showcases digitised content from paper and audio visual collections preserved in ESB Archives.

Our Archive Content

The existing collection of archives consists of records and material from ESB's business units and the corporate centre and includes:

  • Shannon Scheme Development
  • Rural Electrification in Ireland
  • Development of Stations
  • Audio visual material including photographs, film, oral histories
  • Marketing and Promotional material

Who can access the ESB Archives?

ESB Archives are open by appointment to anyone with an interest in the history of ESB. For enquiries or to make an appointment please visit and our archivist will get back to you.