Oldtown ‘47 Festival: Let there be Light

by Rose Barrett

The north county village of Oldtown proudly celebrated 75 years of rural electrification via the ESB last weekend.

The people of Oldtown and the ESB celebrated the 75th anniversary since the village was first connected to the national grid, as part of The Rural Electrification Scheme.

On Friday (June 25) last, a monument was unveiled by the great-grandchildren of the original residents who switched on the power in Oldtown in 1947.  Also in attendance was the new Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive Officer ESB Group and local councillors.

At the unveiling of the 75th anniversary monument to The Rural Electrification Scheme were Mia Monks, aged 8 and Patrick Maxwell, aged 11, great-grandchildren of the original residents who switched on the power in Oldtown in 1947.

Saturday (June 25) saw the village transported back in time to 1947 for the day! An exciting line-up of events included traditional music and set dancing, sheep dog skills, traditional cow milking demonstrations, ESB vintage household and farm items display, farmers market, vintage tractors, horseshoe throwing and lots, lots more.

All events were free and a fun time was had by all as they stepped back in pre-electricity times!

PHOTOS – FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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