The rise and fall of Steorn, the brightest start-up in the Celtic Tiger sky

The rise and fall of Steorn, the brightest start-up in the Celtic Tiger sky

Steorn was the start-up that claimed it could create free energy using magnets, and tried to prove it for 15 years and €23 million. In his new book, The Impossible Dream, Barry J Whyte traces the company’s journey from maverick upstart to spectacular flame-out. In this excerpt, he meets co-founder Shaun McCarthy, who candidly examines his own vision, errors, and legacy

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
9th May, 2020

Steorn?

the perpetual-motion spoofers? The free-energy loopers?

The lads who put that ad in the Economist?

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