Inishowen groups awarded €5,000
from ESB windfarms
ESB has awarded €5,000
in grants to four community and voluntary groups in
the vicinity of its Crockahenny Wind Farm in
The funding is part of ESB’s Wind Farm Community
Fund which makes grants available to community and
voluntary organisations for projects located in
close proximity to their wind farms.
The four projects that received funding in 2016
included Sliabh Sneacht Community and Heritage
Centre (€2,200). The grant is to help establish an
Active Elderly Group at the premises in Drumfries.
€1,200 was awarded to Illies Community Development
Association towards the construction of disabled
welfare facilities at its community hall.
Meanwhile, €1,100 was awarded to Wild Inishowen to
purchase videography equipment to monitor native and
invasive squirrels in Glenard Forest.
And €500 was awarded to Quigley’s Point Community
Playgroup towards the support of outdoor activities
for children in its care.
Colm Grant of Wild Inishowen said: “I would like to
thank ESB for the funding received from the
Crockahenny Wind Farm Community Fund. The support
will allow our group to launch its Red Squirrel
Project (in Glenard Forest)."
Crockahenny Wind Farm at Ballymagan,
Crockahenny Wind Farm
was completed in 1998 and became ESB's first
commercially operational wind farm.
It is located approximately 12km east of Buncrana at
Ballymagan, and features 10 turbines with a combined
generating capacity of 5MW. It can generate enough
renewable electricity to power around 3,100
households a year. Its associated community fund was
established in 2014 and offers available to groups
within 8km of the wind farm a total annual grant
value of €5,000.
ESB said it had invested more than €5.5 million in
604 projects across 18 Irish communities living in
the vicinity of wind farms in the past six years.
For further details on the community funds see