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Turlough Hill Hydro Plant Open to Public – 40th Anniversary

24th June 2014

The Turlough Hill pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant is opening for public tours during Summer 2014, to mark the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of the station, which is located in the Wicklow Mountains near Glendalough.

The Turlough Hill plant began construction in 1968 and was completed 6 years later. It is owned and operated by ESB. The main station is buried inside the mountain and can generate up to 292 MW of electricity at times of peak demand. It can also go from standstill to full capacity in only 70 seconds.

Guided tours are available every Tuesday to Friday during June, July and August and select Saturdays and Sundays. Places can be reserved for these tours at www.esb.ie/turloughhill and more information can be found here.

Kilmoyley National School Visit – Gael Force Wind Energy

25th May 2012

As part of the Engineers Ireland Steps Initiative, Gael Force Wind Energy visited Kilmoyley National School in north County Kerry recently to speak to over 60 students.

The talk was aimed at introducing primary school children to the world of engineering and the talk proved to be a two-way street in terms of education.

Dr. Michael Sheehy, a previous student of Kilmoyley National School, covered his career as an engineer from his first “engineering” job in Kilmoyley School at the age of 11 to his current position as CEO of Gael Force Wind Energy. In an interactive talk, the students of Kilmoyley National School spoke out about how they were presented with their second Green Flag for their efforts in promoting Energy Awareness from water conservation to nuclear fusion!