New book covers history of electricity in Dundalk from 1910-1930

A new book on Dundalk’s first electricity power station has been written by former town engineer Canice O’Mahony

A new book on Dundalk’s first electricity power station has been written by former town engineer Canice O’Mahony

The History of Dundalk Urban District Council Power Station 1910 - 1930 is a record of the early history of electricity in Dundalk before it was taken over by the ESB.

The station was in Chapel Street, later the ESB headquarters for more than fifty years.

The book covers the background to the town’s street lighting, the Dundalk Electric Tramway Company, the extended network, the First World War, and the Shannon Scheme.

The book also reveals that in June 1928 the ESB said it was too preoccupied with the Shannon to receive a deputation from the UDC to discuss the impending takover nor could it give a date when it might happen.

Dundalk was the last town to be linked up to the new national grid because of its position along the border!

In her introduction to the book, Cllr Marianne Butler said the book outlines the story of electricity in Dundalk and also provides insights into the town’s maritime and industrial history.

“It is difficult to believe,” she said, “that decisions in relation to the electrification of the town were debated and reached in London in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

“I was surpirsed to learn that Dundalk Urban Council was responsible for the initial electrification of the town long before the ESB and Shannon scheme at Ardnacrusha.

“The role of engineers and councilors bringing electricity to Dundalk cannot be underestimated.”

She said Canice O’Mahony has written an important history.