Farm Ireland

Tuesday 25 October 2016

An electric experience

Derek Casey

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

There will be a focus on electrical safety on farm at the ESB Networks stand.
There will be a focus on electrical safety on farm at the ESB Networks stand.

ESB Networks will have a high profile presence at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore where it will showcase its successes in customer services, technological innovation and commitment to public safety.

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The ESB Networks exhibition area will have a virtual reality station where punters can have a real-life experience of how electricity is delivered to homes, farms and businesses.

Visitors to the stand will be able to see a fibre-splicing demo, showing how the fibre is pieced together so that a high capacity optical fibre telecommunications infrastructure can be successfully delivered using existing electricity networks.

Ploughing visitors are invited to come along and view how the ESB's highly trained specialist staff uses cutting-edge technology to repair high voltage cables on the sea bed.

This is the world's first underwater cable repair system and was developed by ESB staff.

Electrical safety on the farm will feature very strongly in the ESB stand.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will be on hand tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) to present safety certificates to the winning Ag students from Teagasc College, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, Salesian Ag College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick and UCD who took part in a 'Farm Safely with Electricity' competition.

This year there will also be a model farm on display where ESB staff can interact with both children and adults to explain the many risks on farms including electricity.

There will be a safety quiz with valuable prizes for the winning entries. For children, there will be a dedicated 'schools corner' where schoolchildren can take part in computer games to learn how to stay safe with electricity.


ESB Networks will be working with Science Gallery of Trinity College to promote science, technology, engineering and maths and spark young people's imagination through a series of fun, hands-on workshops.

This year ESB is celebrating 70 years since rural electrification started and to mark this major milestone the company has assembled a truly memorable collection of old electrical appliances, as well as one of the first electrically-powered milking machines, to help visitors remember times past.

As well as the old, there will also be the new, with examples of modern electrical power sources, including wind and solar plus a demonstration on smart electricity networks that monitor the health of the network system in real time.

Visitors to the Ploughing will find the ESB stand at Block 4 Row 12, Stand 293 (beside NPA HQ).

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