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ESB has awarded funding of 20,000 Euro to four Cork-based charities


CORK , 10 June 2016 – ESB has awarded funding of €20,000 to four Cork-based charities at a special cheque presentation that took place on Friday (10 June 2016) at ESB Networks offices in Wilton, Cork City.

Now in its 11th year, the Fund has awarded total funding of €10m to over 400 local and national charities around Ireland since it was launched in 2005, including almost €1million to organisations located in Cork City and County

Funding was awarded to the four organisations working in areas of homelessness, suicide prevention and educational attainment – Cork Simon Community, Good Shepherd Services, Blackwater Sub Aqua Search & Rescue and TechSpace.

Cllr Chris O’Leary, the Lord Mayor of Cork commended ESB for its awarding of significant funding to four organisations highly regarded for their work in Cork.

“This financial support is hugely important for charities to maintain and broaden their valuable services. During my visit to ESB’s offices in Wilton, I was also impressed with the wholehearted encouragement given to ESB staff in volunteering their expertise to good causes, conservatively estimated at 30,000 hours annually across the company.”

ESB Deputy Chief Executive Jerry O’Sullivan spoke of how the company seeks to empower and enrich the lives of individuals and communities across Ireland through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

“ESB has a long tradition of supporting individuals and communities around Ireland. It is a genuine pleasure to be here today to recognise the efforts of four tremendous organisations working in very practical and effective ways in the city and county. These four charities exemplify the spirit of the Energy for Generations fund â?” which has delivered €10m to worthy causes across Ireland, including €1m in Cork, over the last ten years.”

Cork Simon works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent living. Dermot Kavanagh says that his organisation relies on the generosity and understanding of people, communities and businesses in Cork and beyond for over half of the funding they need .

“The funding helps keep our doors open around the clock for an increasing number of people turning to us for help. This grant from ESB will help us to support people experiencing the trauma of homelessness to start getting their lives back on track. It’s a real example of believing in people.”

Good Shepherd Services offer a range of services for women and children who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness in Cork. Tony O’Riordan says :

“We are indebted to ESB’s Energy for Generation Funds for their support to our various projects over a number of years. The generosity of the ESB and the support given by ESB staff has had a very positive impact on the lives of the women and children we serve.”

Blackwater Sub Aqua Search and Rescue provides rescue cover for all water based activities on the River Blackwater, sporting clubs and assisting the Gardaí and Coast Guard when requested to search and recover missing persons. Matt Culloty says that today’s funding will enable his organisation to complete the purchase of a much needed replacement rescue boat.

“People always ask ‘how do you do the search and recovery of missing persons ?’ We in Blackwater Sub Aqua Search and Rescue train for such events constantly; simply put, it’s what we do. But we could not do it without such funding.”

Meanwhile, Steven Daly explains how TechSpace works through a network of youth organisations, projects and schools to enable participants to creatively express themselves using technology.

“We are delighted to receive further support from ESB, which will allow us to build on previous funding from ESB to expand the reach of our ‘Maker Programme’. TechSpace trains youth workers to use technology in youth work, and ESB’s support means we can give more young people across Ireland the chance to create, invent, and make with electronics, circuit boards and programming kits. We are giving them vital skills to make their futures successful.”

Each year, ESB awards funding to approximately 150 projects across Ireland. The last round of successful projects were wide-ranging and included counselling services, childhood literacy and numeracy programmes, educational activities for adults and workshops on mental health and well-being. ESB also supports and encourages staff volunteering, with over 30,000 hours of staff volunteering hours recorded in 2015.

Over the past 10 years, ESB has awarded approximately €10million through the ESB Energy for Generations Fund to community-based projects around Ireland. These projects are primarily in the areas of educational disadvantage, suicide prevention and homelessness. Full details on applying for funding including eligibility criteria for projects, can be found here.

ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund is open to organisations within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Published : 13-Jun-2016

International Day of Yoga – 18th June 2016


Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had said that, the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

This year, Dublin is Celebrating International Day of Yoga on 18th June 2016 at Dartmouth Square Park, Ranelagh @ 10.30. Come and Celebrate the essence of Yoga.

Published : 13-Jun-2016

Key’s Found

Set of key’s found on Friday evening outside Reception, three key’s on Expert Hardware key ring.

Published : 13-Jun-2016

Death of Albert (Sonny) Walsh, father of Sean Walsh (Corporate Centre)

We wish to inform you of the death of Mr. Albert (Sonny) Walsh, father of our friend and colleague Sean Walsh, ESB Corporate Centre.

Funeral details are as follows:
Reposing at the Brian McElroy Funeral Home, Crumlin Village on Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm.

Funeral on Monday after 10o’c mass in St. Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street to Mount Jerome Cemetery. Family flowers only please.
May he rest in peace.

Published : 10-Jun-2016

Derek Russell’s Farewell – Venue – Oil Can Harrys

After a decade of committed and distinguished service across Independent Generation, ESBIE, Electric Ireland and ITS, Derek Russell is moving on to new pastures and challenges.

To mark his departure, Derek would like to invite his colleagues and friends to the function room in Oil Can Harrys, 32 Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2, on Thursday the 16th June (from 5pm).
Published : 10-Jun-2016

Leap Card

handed in at reception

Published : 9-Jun-2016

Coffee Mug

Coffee mug with pink lid found in block A ladies toilets at lunch time.

Published : 9-Jun-2016

Ewe-ro 2016

They may not be on their way to France, but football fever has inspired the lambs down in the meadows of Ardattin to train for this year’s on June 18th.

This year the flock will be racing in aid of Barretstown and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders)

Now is your chance to sponsor one of the lambs and be in with a chance of winning while helping these great causes.

You can team up with your friends and buy one of three shares of a lamb for ?10 each. Or for ?25 you can sponsor a whole lamb and have the right to name him/her – maybe after your favourite midfielder (Ram-ires), retired striker (A-lamb Shearer), movie (Mouton Rouge) or even politician (Mc-Donald’s Rump)?

The lambs will be togging out on the same day that Ireland take on Belgium in Bordeaux.

This year, there will be 3 footballs on the racetrack and there will be a special prize for any lamb that manages to “kick” one between the finishing posts.

The prizes for the first lambs over the finish line are:

1st place ?100

2nd place ?75

3rd place ?30

And as ever there will be a prize for the best lamb name (the most hotly contested competition).

Our independent adjudicator (Mr. Maher the farmer) will be there for any close calls and his decision is final!

To sponsor a lamb please contact: Ratna Nelapati at 27717

or sponsor online at

Many thanks in advance for your support. All donations no matter how small and the sentiments that go with them are hugely appreciated.

Barretstown offers a fun programme of challenging activities designed to help children deal with the trauma of serious illness. Hospitals take care of the physical effects of serious illness. Barretstown helps to heal the emotional scars.

MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders) is an international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers life-saving emergency aid in more than 60 countries in some of the most challenging areas of the world.

Published : 9-Jun-2016

ESB Staff 5k Challenge – 2 weeks to go!

Reminder – 2 weeks to go!!

The ESB Staff 5k Challenge will take place on Thursday, 23 June on Sandymount Strand, starting at 6.30pm. This is a timed 5k race/ fun run, and it is open to everyone in ESB to take part and celebrate the sponsorship of Team Ireland for the Olympics.

It should be a great event, with winners’ prizes, goody bags, spot prizes and a BBQ afterwards in Sportsco. The first 100 people who enter will also receive an Electric Ireland ‘Team Ireland’ T-shirt. The entry fee of ?20 will go entirely to ElectricAid.

You can sign up for the race using the online form on the event SharePoint site below. The last date for entries is Tuesday, 21 June. For anyone who would like to volunteer to help out on the day, there is also a link to the volunteer sign up page.

Published : 9-Jun-2016

Pat McDonnell Retirement

After nearly 50 years service Pat McDonnell has decided to hang up his clilmbers and concentrate on his other handicap – golf. All of us who have had the pleasure of working with Pat will greatly miss his experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and humour.

A function to mark Pat’s retirement will take place on Friday 24th June in Bobby Byrnes, Limerick from 5pm on. Pat hopes that as many as possible of his colleagues and friends will join him for the occasion.

Published : 9-Jun-2016

Joe O’Neill – Telecom Services

After 46+ years service Joe O’Neill has decided to retire from Telecom Services, ESB, on Friday the 17th June.

All of us who have had the pleasure to work with Joe, are well aware of his contribution to ESB over these years. His experience, knowledge and specifically his enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

An event will be held on the 17th June to mark this occasion, which will kick off in the Head Office Restaurant (conference Room end) at 17.00 hrs and then move on to The Waterloo Bar on Baggott Street.

All Joe’s friends and colleagues are invited to attend.

If you would like to be associated with Joe’s presentation please contact any of the following:

Gerry Harris (Ext 26841) or Diarmuid O’Neill (Ext 27990) room B111

Published : 8-Jun-2016

2016 ESB Third Level Education Awards for Children of Staff

ESB is offering three third level education awards to children of staff who are commencing full-time under-graduate degree and diploma-level studies in the 2016/2017 college year, at an approved university or higher education institute within the EU.

Selection is by an open draw, which takes place on Friday, 4th November, 2016.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed the Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent in 2016. If successful in the draw, proof of Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent in 2016 will be required.

Eligibility Criteria
The Draw is open to (a) dependent children of staff currently employed in ESB Group (b) children of staff receiving ongoing VSS payments and (c) children of retired and deceased staff.

“Children” includes the biological and adopted children of staff members and children for whom staff members stand in loco parentis, subject to the production of any reasonable supporting documentation which may be requested by ESB.

Each award is valued at €3,000 (subject to PAYE/PRSI) per year. Sponsorship will remain for the duration of the programme, no longer than four years. It will be subject to satisfactory college performance and passing of the course examinations and does not allow for changing of courses or colleges after they have received the sponsorship.
Where a child of a current staff member receives the award, support in each year is dependent on the continued employment of that child’s parent in ESB Group.

There is a limit of one entry per student and a family may be in receipt of only one ESB Education Award at any time.

Eligible Courses

For the purposes of recognition, degrees and diplomas should be accredited by a recognised university, the HETAC (formerly NCEA) or equivalent accrediting institution.

  • Full-time undergraduate ordinary degree studies (Level 7 NFQ or honours degree studies Level 8 NFQ) – NFQ (national framework qualifications);
  • Full-time Diploma/Higher Diploma studies (Level 7, 8 NFQ) – NFQ (national framework qualifications);

Ineligible Courses

This award does not cover part-time, post-graduate studies or certificate courses

How to Apply

Internal applications
Applications to be made online here.

Applications will only be accepted ‘on-line‘ to improve the efficiency of the process (consistent with OneHR).

No manual applications will be accepted.

External applications
Please use this form.

Closing date is Friday, 14th October, 2016.

The Draw will take place on Friday, 4th November, 2016 in

ESB Head Office,

27 Lr. Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

For further information please contact the Business Service Centre, Customer Support Centre on 01-7026699, Option 3. Email OneHR

Published : 8-Jun-2016 Discount are giving all ESB Staff 12% discount just use the code ESB123 when you order. Contact them on; 1800 300 003

Published : 8-Jun-2016

Multi Activity Summer Camp – places still available

Have you reserved your child’s place yet? We have extended our Summer Camp this year to 6 camps – start dates 4th/11th/18th/25th July or 8th/15th August. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm. ?99 members, ?125 non members (discounts for siblings). For ages 4-12, with lots of fun activities, amazing pool inflatable and camp t-shirts for all participants. Book now! – 6687022 xt 0

Published : 8-Jun-2016


The death has occurred of Frank Nolan former EO Carrick on Shannon Co Leitrim. Funeral arrangements as follows reposing at his home today and tomorrow 5pm to 9pm both days. Removal to St Michaels Church Drumlion on Thursday for mass at 12.30 followed by burial in Ardcarne cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Published : 7-Jun-2016


On behalf of the members and the 2016 Tour committee we invite all golfers to join us for the K&M outing in Rathdowney where we recall and remember all our past golfing friends and working colleagues who has passed on. The tee is booked from 1.30 pm to 4.00pm and green fee for members is ?30, which includes your meal as you come in off the course. Time slots are every half hour, and you must be ready 15 mins before your booked time slot.
We have a most welcoming VISITORS SECTION and to make a booking please contact Dominic on 087 3130504 green fee including your meal is ?35 for visitors
To win the K&M TROPHY and first prise you must be a paid up member who has played in one of the two outings played on the 2016 tour. So book early ring Dominic on 087 3130504

Published : 3-Jun-2016

Death of Anne Quigley’s brother

The death has occurred of Joseph ‘Joe’ McGreal, (suddenly) brother of Anne Quigley, Electric Ireland, Sligo. Reposing at The Sharkey Funeral Home, Ballaghaderreen on Fri from 5pm until 8pm. Funeral Mass at 12 noon followed by interment in Kilcolman Cemetery.
Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Heart Foundation C/O Sharkey Funeral Directors.
May he rest in Peace.

Published : 3-Jun-2016

ElectricAid’s EURO2016 Predictor Competition.

Just a week to go until the big kick-off, and just a week to enter our great EURO2016 predictor competition! It’s time to climb down from the fence and to make your calls – can the 2 Irish teams get out of their groups? Can they go further? Can Spain defend their title? Can Germany add the Euros to the World Cup? Can England get it together and go far?
Our Competition gives back 50% of the pool in prizes – that should mean ?325 for the winner and ?175 for the runner-up. It should also mean weeks of fun as we update you on all entrants’ progress – are you the Leicester City or the Aston Villa of the competition?
Go on, give it a go – channel your inner Dunphy and get forecasting!
Full details at
Published : 3-Jun-2016

We don’t like cricket, we love it.

In glorious sunshine up at the Phoenix Park the ESB cricket side commenced their defence of the Willie Webster trophy with an emphatic win over the Glasnevin Gravediggers. Bowling first, a good all round team performance applied pressure throughout with the highlights being Bob Mullard’s three wickets in an over the Ryan Cartmill taking the final two. Killian Morgan also shone behind the stumps in a new role. The target of 74 was never enough. Baajee Dabhade and Koustav Modak (39 not out) put on a fifty run partnership for the first wicket and the final winning margin was 9 wickets.

Next match is Wednesday 8th June. With excellent clubhouse facilities, it’s a great way to spend a few hours on a summers evening so why not come along.

Published : 2-Jun-2016

Results of MADSOC draw for April 2016

Attached are the results of the MADSOC draw for April 2016. Congratulations to all our winners.
Thanks to Patricia McElvaney and Julie Deignan for their assistance with this months draw :)

Published : 2-Jun-2016