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The Farrell family enjoying the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

The Farrell family enjoying the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

John Paul, Igor and Anna Grabowski-Cienciala on a John Deere tractor at the Oldtown '47' Festival.

John Paul, Igor and Anna Grabowski-Cienciala on a John Deere tractor at the Oldtown '47' Festival.

NEWS 24062022 NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION The people of Oldtown in North County Dublin and the ESB are proudly celebrating 75 years since the village was the first connected to the national grid, as part of The Rural Electrification Scheme. Electricity would change Oldtown forever. At the unveiling of the 75th anniversary monument to The Rural Electrification Scheme were Gerry Fitzsimons, Chair Community Council and Oldtown 47 group, Joe O'Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Cllr Howard Mahony, Mayor of Fingal, Mia Monks (8), Patrick Maxwell (11), Paddy Maxwell, Paddy Hayes, CEO ESB and Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing.?Fennell Photography 2022

NEWS 24062022 NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION The people of Oldtown in North County Dublin and the ESB are proudly celebrating 75 years since the village was the first connected to the national grid, as part of The Rural Electrification Scheme. Electricity would change Oldtown forever. At the unveiling of the 75th anniversary monument to The Rural Electrification Scheme were Gerry Fitzsimons, Chair Community Council and Oldtown 47 group, Joe O'Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Cllr Howard Mahony, Mayor of Fingal, Mia Monks (8), Patrick Maxwell (11), Paddy Maxwell, Paddy Hayes, CEO ESB and Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing.?Fennell Photography 2022

Lauren Flood having fun on a John Deere tractor at the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

Lauren Flood having fun on a John Deere tractor at the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

Claudine Hannigan and her 15 month old baby Edward on a old Ford tractor at the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

Claudine Hannigan and her 15 month old baby Edward on a old Ford tractor at the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

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The Farrell family enjoying the '47' Festival in Oldtown.

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The people of Oldtown in North County Dublin and the ESB proudly celebrated 75 years since the village was the first connected to the national grid, as part of The Rural Electrification Scheme. Electricity would change Oldtown forever.

On Friday, a 75th anniversary monument to The Rural Electrification Scheme was unveiled by the great-grandchildren of the original residents who switched on the power in Oldtown in 1947.

Also in attendance were the Mayor of Fingal; Councillor Howard Mahony, Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State, Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive Officer ESB Group and local councillors.

Saturday saw the village transported back in time to 1947 for one day.

An exciting and varied line-up of events included traditional music and set dancing, sheep dog skills, traditional cow milking demonstrations, ESB vintage household and farm items display, farmers market, vintage tractors, horseshoe throwing and lots, lots more.

All events were free and took place in the village as well as at the Wild Geese GAA grounds.

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