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 through the years. 

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.

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 Generation 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.