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Mainstream reaches for the big time

CEO Andy Kinsella wants a partner to help turn his renewables powerhouse into a new type of energy major, writes Fearghal O'Connor

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Andy Kinsella, group CEO of Mainstream Renewable. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Andy Kinsella, group CEO of Mainstream Renewable. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Andy Kinsella, group CEO of Mainstream Renewable. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The faces of the three fishermen are striking. Hardship, isolation and the perils of nature may be the backdrop for the canvas but smiling eyes full of youthful energy suggest a steely determination to overcome anything that the Blasket Islands of 120 years ago could throw at them.

"I love to paint," says Mainstream Renewable Power chief executive Andy Kinsella, turning his attention to his own composition of three young Blasket Islanders in 1899, which hangs on the otherwise blank walls of his Sandyford office.

"But you need time. The wonderful thing about painting is if you get into the flow, hours go by and nothing else comes into your mind. It's the greatest escapism."