Saturday July 11, 2020

Two townlands cast adrift by changing times

Shannonbridge and Lanesboro are facing challenges brought about by the sudden decision to close their peat-fired power stations. They believed they had until 2030, when many workers would be near retiring age. Now the plants are to close next year

Killian Woods

Business reporter

17th November, 2019
The ESB Lough Ree peat-burning plant in Lanesboro. ESB management will close the plants at Shannonbridge and Lanesboro after the government opted to end the harvesting of peat in the region

No matter what route you take towards Shannonbridge or Lanesboro, each townland’s power station dominates the landscape. Even on small pockets of road where the Offaly and Longford-based plants are not visible, a plume of smoke billows into view.

The peat burning facilities – operated by ESB and supplied by Bord na Móna – have been at the centre of these two rural communities for over 50 years. They brought full-time jobs and...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

As the online debate on trans issues remains heated, those affected by them in the real world are calling for more support, space and understanding. But are their voices being heard?

Colin Murphy | 2 weeks ago

The former NTMA head says he is ‘quite alarmed’ at the potential for legal actions over the large number of deaths in nursing homes during the crisis

Michael Brennan | 2 months ago

Oil storage in the self-styled ‘Pipeline Crossroads of the World’ is full to the brim, but the black stuff keeps on coming. With much of the world’s economy in a Covid-19 slowdown, at one point last week, benchmark US crude oil was priced at minus $37.63 a barrel

Barry J Whyte | 2 months ago