Places to Visit

The following are examples of places throughout Ireland where school parties may see energy in action. The list does not claim to be exhaustive and teachers may well know of sites in their area not mentioned here. Please email us if you do.

Changes may occur in the following information.  In all cases, school parties should make prior arrangements before visiting any of these sites.

• Environmental Education
• Renewable and non renewable energy
• Other Environmentally Friendly Places to Visit

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Renewable and Non Renewable Energy

Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks, Lee Road, Cork
Visitors of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Lifetime Lab with their modern interactive exhibition, steam plant, beautifully restored buildings, children's playground and marvellous views over the River Lee. Tel: 021 494 1500 email:

Skerries Mill,Skerries, Co. Dublin
An industrial heritage museum showcasing wind and water energy. A unique collection of two windmills and a waterfall with associated mill pond, mill races and wetlands.
Tel:  01 8495208; Fax: 01 8495213;

Bealick Mill,Macroom, Co Cork
Restored mill, video showing mill working, famine display and local craft shop
Tel: 026 42 811; Fax: 026 43 698

Horizontal Watermill,Ferrycarrig, Co.Wexford.
Contact:  Irish National Heritage Park
Tel:  053-9120733; Fax: 053 9120911

Newmills Corn and Flax Mills,Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Working water-powered corn mill. Audiovisual display. Guided tours available.Open May to September Limited access for persons with a disability
Tel: 074 9125115 ; Email:
Hydraulics & Maritime Research Centre,University College, Cork   
Tel: 021-902165; Fax:021-343580; Email:

Blennerville Windmill,Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.
Ireland’s only commercially operated windmill. It is also the tallest of its kind in Europe: 21.3 metres high. This 18th century windmill is now open to the public. The adjoining building houses interesting exhibitions on emigration and the history of milling.
Tel: 066-7121064 ; Fax: 066 7121064; Email: 

Wind Turbine at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Co Louth
The world's first large commercial wind turbine on a college campus. No fee or pupils and teachers:
Tel: 042 9370574; Email:

B9 Energy O&M Ltd, Willowbank Road, Larne, Co. Antrim  BT40 2SF
Renewable energy demonstration office
Tel: 048 2826 3900; Fax:048 28263901; Email:

Elphin Windmill, Elphin,Co. Roscommon
Tel: 078-35187 / 078-35695; Fax: 071 9635181

Tacumshin Windmill, Co. Wexford.
Contact:  Wexford Tourist Information Office
Tel:  053-23111

Bord na Mona Wind Farm, Bellacorick, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Visit an operating windfarm. Tel:  096-53002

Energy Agency Office,Spa House, Mallow, Co. Cork
Energy conservation and renewable energy. No charge for teachers and pupils, open monday to friday.
Tel: 022-43610 ; Fax:022-43678; Email

Gartan Outdoor Education Centre,Church Hill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Woodchip biomass boiler and fuel shed. The Centre is open all year round.
Tel: 074 91 37032;
Fax:074 91 37254;

Forest Park Leisure Centre, Courtown, Co. Wexford
The Forest Park Leisure centre have installed a wind turbine and biomass boiler to provide renewable energy to the centre. Contact the centre to arrange a tour. There is no charge to see their renewable technologies but if your school wishes to use the pool/ gym etc. see web for prices
Tel: 05394 24849; Fax: 05394 24853; Email:

Tralee & Dingle Steam Railway, Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry  
Tel: 066-27777

Bord Na Mona Bog Tour,Shannonbridge, Athlone, Co. Offaly.
Bord Na Mona Bog Tour aboard the Clonmacnoise & West Offaly Railway Open April - early Oct.
Tel: 090 9674450; Fax: 090 96210; Email:

ESB Generating Stations
To arrange a visit to your local ESB generating stations write to the station manager. The stations are listed according to which sources of energy are used to generate electricity. Further information on
Gas fuelled power plants:
  • Aghada Generating Station, Whitegate, Midleton, Co Cork
  • North Wall Generating Station, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1
  • Poolbeg Generating Station, Pigeon House Harbour, Dublin 4.
Oil fired generating station:
  • Great Island Generating Station, Campile, New Ross, Co Wexford.
  • Tarbert Generating Station, Tarbert, Co Kerry
  • Marina Generating Station, Centre Park Road, Co Cork
Coal fuelled generating station:
  • Moneypoint Generating Station, Kilrush, Co Clare
Hydropower generating station
  • Ardnacrusha Generating Station, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare.
  • ESB Lee Generating Station, Inniscarra, Co Cork
Peat fuelled generating station
Lough Ree power station, Shannonbridge, Co Offaly

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Environmental Education :

Brigit's Garden, Roscahill, Co.Galway
The Educational Centre at Brigit's Garden offers cross-curriculum visits related to the natural environment and Irish Heritage. Educational visits are
linked to key strands of the SESE curriculum.
Tel: 091 550905; Fax: 091 550491;

Ecos Millennium Environmental Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim
See the alternative energy technologies and enjoy an outdoor tour to explorethe wetland and woodland habitats including a willow dome construction and reed bed filtration system.School and youth group visits for all ages can be arranged. 
Tel: +44 (0) 28 2566 4400

Kerry Earth Education Centre, Gortbrack Organic Farm, Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Organic food, habitats & biodiversity. Opening hours and days: by appointment only
Tel: 066 7137011; Email:

Field Studies Council Derrygonnelly Centre, Creamery St, Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh BT93 6HW
FSC Derrygonnelly Centre offers environmental education through hands on experience.
Ph:  +44 (0)28 68641673 ; E-mail:

Sonairte, The National Ecology Centre,The Ninch, Laytown, Co. Meath
Solar modules, solar powered weather station, solar powered system which powered RTE video of Himalayan ascent. Opening hours and days: Tours and group visits are available all year round by appointment
Tel: 041 9827572 ; Fax :041-9828130 ; Email:

Other Environmentally Friendly Places to Visit :

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