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UCD Festival talk “Water – An Engineers Perspective” June 18th.

The UCD Festival, is a celebration for all and will take place on Saturday 18th June from 9am – 9pm.

There is something for everyone at this event, from family fun, football on the big screen, reunion picnics, music, debates, presentations and talks. Of particular interest to the Engineering cohort will no doubt be the high level Ted-Like talk “Water – An Engineers Perspective” which includes key note speaker Michael Phillips, former President of Engineers Ireland and Engineer at Dublin City Council. This session will address the challenges facing Irish water infrastructure, securing the drinking water infrastructure for future Irish Generations and the Global perspective on water provision. He will be joined by Damien Owens and Professor Michael Bruen. Starting at 12.30pm and finishing at 13.30 pm. Places are limited so go to the UCD website and book your place.

Published : 15-Jun-2016

National Bike Week (Guided Cycle Today to Gateway, Tuesday 14th June at 12:45pm)

Dear Colleague,

This week is National Bike Week.

As part of our effort to promote cycling as the only means of transportation that saves you money and burns pounds, the Safe Cycling and Gateway to Fitzwilliam Groups have organised a lunch time cycle trip to Gateway and back today.

For those who are interested and cant make it today there will be another cycle trip this Friday 17th June at 12:45pm (An email will issue in relation to this).

Details of other ESB Bike Week events are included on our Bike Week Poster.

These routes will profile the more ‘off road’ route along the Grand Canal on the way to Gateway.

Participants will have the option to take the slightly faster, but more congested, route back via Holles Street if desired. The pace will be appropriate for colleagues seeking to try cycling for the first time in a long time!)

Date: Today Tuesday 14th June
Time: 12.45pm to 1.30pm (allowing for brief stops along the way to identify and note ‘pinch points)
Meet: 12:45pm Top of Ramp Entrance to ESB Head office, James St East
(Cycling on Grand Canal past Clanwilliam House on dedicated off road bike lane)

Please note that this is a round trip cycle to Gateway. We will not be going into the building as there are other times available to do that.

Safety Considerations:
1. Use of helmet, high viz jackets, lights
2. Bicycle condition – ensure safe to use
3. Road conditions / weather
4. Cyclist behaviour
5. Awareness – No headphones!
6. Use of helmet cameras (if you have one – great!)

Seán Murphy, Manager, Public Affairs, ESB | T +353 1 702 6329 | M +353 86 819 8766 | E Sean.Murphy5

Published : 14-Jun-2016

Sum of Money

Sum of money handed in at reception

Published : 13-Jun-2016

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu @ESB with Black Belt Andre Ramos

A welcome to new and existing members to starting tomorrow 14th June.

Well known as the most efficient grappling martial art and combat sport that focuses on ground fighting with the goal of gaining; Dominant position and using joint-locks and chokeholds to force an opponent to submit.

It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant.

Regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn effective submission techniques. Nothing feels better than knowing you can take care of yourself mentally and physically.

We will continue to progress the levels of training throughout the year.

Here are the details:

Where: ESB Matthews building
When: Every Tuesday & Thursday
Time: 17:00 – 18:00
Course: 4 weeks (1st week FREE for new comers)

. ?40 for 4 weeks (Tuesday or Thursday)
. ?60 for 4 weeks (both Tuesday & Thursday)
. or ?12.00 on a Pay as you go basis.

Any further details, call me, thanks and we look forward to seeing you all.
Published : 13-Jun-2016

Thank You

Anne and I would like to thank all our family, friends and colleagues, who made my retirement party in The Graduate such a great success. Thanks you all for your kind words and good wishes

Published : 13-Jun-2016


Calling all golfers our next outing on the 2016 Tour is the K&M CUP, which is held in memory of past members and colleagues in ESB. The tee is booked from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and you can book a time slot by contacting Dominic on 087 3130504 . We offer half hour time slots starting at 2.00pm to 2.30pm, and you must be ready 15 mins before your time slot.
Green fee for our members is ?30,and for our visitors the green fee is ?35, and this will include your meal as you come in off the course.
So to book a tee time make that call to Dominic on 087 3130504.

Published : 13-Jun-2016

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

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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