Ireland’s Energy Challenge, Community Solutions Seminar

Speakers at our Ireland’s Energy Challenge – Community Solutions Seminar Friday, March 6th. in Halla na Feile, Cashel, Co.Tipperary (L-R) Errol Close, (Dept. Energy, Communications & Natural Resources), John Fogarty, (Chairman,Templederry Community Windfarm), Michael Pearson, (Principal, Gurteen College), Gearoid Fitzgibbon, (Community Development Worker, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership & Energy Communities Tipperary), Paul Kenny, (CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency), Dara O’Maoildhia,(Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann), Paul O’Brien (Solaregy), Noel Byrne, (Energy Communities Tipperary), Tom Larkin, (H & L Environmental), Tim McSwiney (Senior Executive Engineer Kerry Co. Council) Missing from photo Edel Grace who spoke on behalf of Keeper Hill & Kilcommon/Upperchurch Wind Awareness Group & Slieve Ardagh Environment Group

Tipperary Green Business Network, in association with Tipperary Energy Agency held a seminar entitled “Ireland’s Energy Challenge – Community Solutions” which was held in Cashel on March 6th. The event received a lot of interest and was well attended by individuals from various energy backgrounds.

The event featured presentations from researchers, policy makers, and representatives from the local government as well as speakers on exemplar community energy initiatives and businesses in Ireland.

The objectives of the seminar were to engage interested individuals and community representatives in discussion on current and future energy policy in Ireland and help influence the shape of the White Paper on Energy currently being drafted. Below are the presentation slides.We will be uploading videos of each presentation as they are available.


  1. Paul Kenny  – Ireland’s Energy Use and the Challenge See video here
  2. Errol Close – Decarbonisation Policy and Co-ordination See video here
  3. Edel Grace – Keeper Kilcommon Upperchurch Wind Awareness Group
  4. Dara O’Maoildhia – Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann See video here
  5. John Fogarty – Templederry Community Windfarm Lessons and Visions
  6. Tim McSwiney – Kerry Turning Green to Gold
  7. Mike Pearson – Gurteen College
  8. Noel Byrne – Energy Retrofitting Ireland – one parish at a time
  9. Tom Larkin – Engineering Waste Into Sustainable Energy

Tipperary Green Business Network gratefully acknowledges financial and other assistance from The Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary (LEO), North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP), South Tipperary Development Company (STDC) and the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA).



Tom Pollard, Chairman, Tipperary Green Business Network opening the seminar and introducing the speakers.


Errol Close, Dept. Energy, Communications & Natural Resources, speaking on Decarbonisation Policy and Co-ordination


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Paul Kenny, CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency, speaking on the scale of the challenge facing Ireland.
Edel Grace speaking on behalf of Keeper Hill, Upperchurch/Kilcommon Wind Awareness Groups


 Gearoid id Fitzgibbon, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, Energy Communities Tipperary & TGBN Member

Gearoid id Fitzgibbon, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, Energy Communities Tipperary & TGBN Member

More photos can be viewed here


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Tipperary Green Business Network is established in Co. Tipperary to take advantage of the emerging Green Economy, harness its job creation potential, with the longer term ambition of making Tipperary one of Ireland’s greenest counties. The Network receives financial assistance from Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary and is supported in other ways by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, South Tipperary Development Company and Tipperary Energy Agency For more information about the Tipperary Green Business Network or if you would like to become a member please contact TIPPERARY GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK Coordinator on 067 56676/089 4171397 or by email at