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Global Wind Day 2016 in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Global Wind Day 2016 is being celebrated through the month of June here in Ireland. Irish wind farm events are running in partnership with events taking place, across Europe and around the globe. Global Wind Day is coordinated by Wind Europe and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) to raise awareness of the positive benefits of our clean, safe and renewable wind energy.

Here in Ireland we're celebrating through the month of June with family open day visits and tours, 5k and 10k runs on wind farms, educational events, business events and more. Some events need pre-registration and booking so please check out the listing below.

Come and help us celebrate our Irish renewable wind energy around Global Wind Day 2016, find the nearest event to you at the listing below, and keep checking in as new events are added:

IRISH & NI EVENTS LISTING FOR GLOBAL WIND DAY 2016

 

 

 

 

Gortahile Windfarm, Co. Laois

Opening date & time: 1 June 2016
What’s happening:  DCU Visiting American Students Study Visit.
Description: Windfarm hosting a visit by US Energy Studies students who are currently on placement at Dublin City University (DCU)
Organiser:  ABO Wind
Meeting place: Gortahile Wind Farm – pre-registration required.
Who’s the contact: Emmet Egan emmet.egan@abo-wind.com

Leabeg Windfarm, Co. Offaly

Opening date & time: 2nd June 2016 at 9:30am
What’s happening: Windfarm Launch and School Visit
Description: Meet at Lumcloon National School, complete tour of the site, return to school, competition winners for “name a turbine” announced, light lunch / finger buffet. 
Organiser: Niketa McClenaghan / Gaelectric
Meeting place: Lumcloon National School, Co. Offaly
Who’s the contact: Niketa McClenaghan nmcclenaghan@gaelectric.ie

Knocknagoum Windfarm Co. Kerry

Opening date & time: Friday 3rd June 10am to 2pm
What’s happening: Walk and Talk session up to the turbines with information.
Description: The site Manager will meet visitors at the main entrance and accompany them around the wind farm showing them the turbines and the layout. He will also give some general information.
Organiser: Enerco Energy
Meeting place: Meet at the main entrance, point 2 on the map here 1km south of Lyracrompane.
Who’s the contact: General Queries: 0217336034 Site Manager: Eamonn Lyonns 0868394006

Leitir Gungaid Windfarm, Co. Galway

Opening date & time: Friday 3rd June 10am to 2pm
What’s happening: Walk and Talk session up to the turbines with information.
Description: The site Manager will meet visitors at the main entrance and accompany them around the wind farm showing them the turbines and the layout. He will also give some general information.
Organiser: Enerco Energy
Meeting place: Meet at the main entrance, point 3 on the map here 1km west of Barna Golf Club
Who’s the contact: General Queries: 0217336034 Site Manager: David Egan 0864109155

Bawnmore Windfarm, Co. Cork

Opening date & time: Friday 3rd June 10am to 2pm
What’s happening: Walk and Talk session up to the turbines with information.
Description: The site Manager will meet visitors at the main entrance and accompany them around the wind farm showing them the turbines and the layout. He will also give some general information.
Organiser: Enerco Energy
Meeting place: Meet at the main entrance, point 1 on the map here on the Macroom to Ballingree road, turn right at Cappuleen Bawn Cross (Knocknagappul) and the entrance is 2.5km on the right.
Who’s the contact: General Queries: 0217336034 Site Manager: Chris Treanor 0861704111

Garvagh Glebe Wind Farm, Co. Leitrim

Opening date & time: Tuesday, 7th June, from 10am to 3pm
What’s happening: Wind Farm Open Day
Description: ESB would like to offer local  groups, clubs, primary and secondary schools the chance to avail of walk and talk tours of Garvagh Glebe Wind Farm.
On the day, ESB engineers will be on hand to act as tour guides escorting groups around the wind farm; from the turbines to the substation, explaining how the turbines actually work, highlighting the need for renewable energy, talking about how wind farms are developed, and answering any other pertinent questions the groups have in relation to wind energy.
Organiser: ESB
Meeting place:  All tours are subject to availability it will be necessary to book in advance via email as to ensure we can accommodate your group.
Who’s the contact: Paul Lally  paul.lally@esb.ie, or +353 (0) 1 702 6133

Corkermore Wind Farm, Co. Donegal

Opening date & time: Tuesday 14h June 2016 10AM-3PM
What’s happening: Marquee on site, wind farm description, turbine visit, face painting for kids and adults and wind turbine painting for Kids.
Description: Corkermore Wind Farm , the Irish Infrastructure Fund & Energia renewables welcome local people and schools to Corkermore Wind farm's global wind open day 2016
Organiser: Energia Renewables
Meeting place: On Site
Who’s the contact: Michael Ringland, Michael.Ringland@energia.ie  +44 7831697291

Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co. Louth

Opening date & time:  June 15th from 10:00am to 4.00pm
What's happening:  Wind turbine tours and talks
Description:  The turbine will be open to the public for viewing inside the bottom of the tower. Every hour a 20 minute talk about the wind turbine will be given, outlining how the turbine works and its energy, environmental and social impact on DkIT.
Organiser:  Centre for Renewable Energy, Dundalk IT.
Meeting place:  At base of turbine on campus
Who's the contact: Ray Byrne - Raymond.Byrne@dkit.ie or Paul MacArtain Paul.MacArtain@dkit.ie

Slieve Kirk Wind Farm, Co. Londonderry

Opening date & time: 15th June
What’s happening:  Join SSE Airtricity and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce to hear from one of Northern Ireland’s Ministers before hearing the story of Slieve Kirk Wind Park and embarking on a tour of the wind farm facilities.
Organiser: SSE Airtricity & NI Chamber of Commerce & Industry 
Meeting place: Slieve Kirk Wind Farm, Co. Londonderry.
Who’s the contact: For further information and to register please go to the following link: http://www.northernirelandchamber.com/event/minister-on-the-move-sse-slieve-kirk/

Mountlucas Wind Farm, Mount Lucas, Co. Offaly

Opening date & time: Wednesday 15th June 2016- 10.00 a.m.
What’s Happening: Guided Tour of Mountlucas Wind Farm by bus
Description: A chance to visit Bord na Móna’s Mountlucas Wind Farm. Guides will meet the visitors at the wind farm. Visitors will be given a presentation and video of the wind farm on arrival followed by guided tour of the wind farm by bus. Visitors will be able to see the turbines up close and ask questions about wind energy. Refreshments provided.
Tour Duration: 2 Hours approx. Booking essential
Cost: Free
Facilities: Car & Coach Parking, 7km Walkway-Cycleway and toilet facilities
Organiser: Bord na Móna
Meeting place: Mountlucas Wind Farm – Car & Coach parking available      
Who's the contact:  - Booking essential: – Please book before 10th June 2016 - Ph: Catherine 087-1175756  or Email:  mountlucaswindfarm@bnm.ie

Knockacummer Wind Farm, Co. Cork

Opening date & time: 15th June 2016, 4:30 – 7:30pm
What’s happening: Community Open Day.
Description: Guided tour & the opportunity to see the inner workings of a wind turbine
Organiser: Brookfield Renewable Ireland.
Meeting place: Parking is available on site.
Who’s the contact: Liz Casey - 021 453 3614 or liz.casey@brookfieldrenewable.com

Taurbeg Wind Farm, Co. Cork

Opening date & time: 15th June 2016 @ 10am
What’s happening: Site visit for secondary school students
Description: Meet at site, complete site tour with educational talk
Organiser: Victoria Graham, RES Ltd
Meeting place: Taurbeg Wind Farm, Co Cork
Who’s the contact: Victoria Graham  Victoria.graham@res-ltd.com

Carnhill Windfarm, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Opening date & time: 15th June 2016 – time tbc
What’s happening: Site visit for secondary school students
Description: Meet at site, complete site tour with educational talk
Organiser: Niketa McClenaghan & Nick Cullen / Gaelectric
Meeting place: Carnhill Windfarm
Who’s the contact:Niketa McClenaghan nmcclenaghan@gaelectric.ie (until 6th June, then Nick Cullen NCullen@gaelectric.ie)

Derrybrien Wind Farm, Co. Galway

Opening date & time: Thursday, 16th June, from 10am to 3pm
What’s happening: Wind Farm Open Day
Description:  ESB would like to offer local  groups, clubs, primary and secondary schools the chance to avail of walk and talk tours of Derrybrien Wind Farm.
On the day, ESB engineers will be on hand to act as tour guides escorting groups around the wind farm; from the turbines to the substation, explaining how the turbines actually work, highlighting the need for renewable energy, talking about how wind farms are developed, and answering any other pertinent questions the groups have in relation to wind energy.
Organiser: ESB
Meeting place:  All tours are subject to availability it will be necessary to book in advance via email as to ensure we can accommodate your group.
Who’s the contact: Paul Lally  paul.lally@esb.ie, or +353 (0) 1 702 6133

Gibbet Hill Wind Farm, Co. Wexford

Opening date & time: Thursday, 16th June.
What’s happening: Wind Farm Open Day for Primary School in Marshalstown, Co. Wexford.
Description:  Members of the ABO Wind team & ESB will be on hand  escorting local primary school students around the wind farm; showing the students inside one of the turbines and in general making the pupils aware of renewable energy and how we have such a valuable resource on our doorstep.
Organiser: ABO Wind
Meeting place: Gibbet Hill Wind Farm
Who’s the contact: Ruariri Dowling  Ruairi.Dowling@abo-wind.com

Tournafulla & Rathcahill Wind Farms, Co. Limerick

Opening date & time: 18th June
What’s happening:  Join SSE Airtricity at their Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind farms for either a 5k or 10k scenic, but challenging wind farm run.
Organiser: SSE Airtricity
Meeting place: Register on the day for either the 5k or 10k runs with all proceeds in aid of Blood Bike Mid West (www.bloodbikemidwest.ie)
Who’s the contact: For further information email windfarmrun@gmail.com or call Sean on 087 1342385.

Rahora Wind farm, Tullogher, Co. Kilkenny

Opening date & time: Sunday, 19th June, from 3pm to 6pm.
What’s Happening: Walk and Talk event at the windfarm.
Description:  The operator will meet visitors at the entrance for a ‘Walk and Talk’ of the windfarm.  A jeep will be available to bring people up to the turbines, if required. Children welcome. A turbine will be open for inspection.
Meeting place: Rahora Windfarm is near Listerlin village, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny. For directions email office@ecopower.ie
Organiser: Ecopower
Who’s the contact: Phil Kenealy 056 7750140 (ext. 201). Mob:086 8399193

Raheen Barr/Derrynadivva Windfarm, Castlebar, Co. Mayo 

Opening date & time: Monday 20th June, from 4pm-8pm.
What’s happening: Walk and Talk event at the windfarm.
Description: The windfarm technicians will meet visitors at the entrance for a ‘Walk and Talk’ of the windfarm.  A jeep will be available to bring people up to the turbines, if required. Children welcome. A turbine will be open for inspection.
Organiser: Ecopower
Meeting place: Raheen Barr/Derrynadivva Windfarm is near Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  For directions email office@ecopower.ie
Who’s the contact: Conor Brett 056 7750140 (ext. 204). Mob:087 6531458

Carrickatane Wind Farm, Co. Londonderry

Opening date & time: Tuesday, 21st June, from 10am to 3pm
What’s happening: Wind Farm Open Day
Description: ESB would like to offer local  groups, clubs, primary and secondary schools the chance to avail of walk and talk tours of Carrickatane Wind Farm.
On the day, ESB engineers will be on hand to act as tour guides escorting groups around the wind farm; from the turbines to the substation, explaining how the turbines actually work, highlighting the need for renewable energy, talking about how wind farms are developed, and answering any other pertinent questions the groups have in relation to wind energy.
Organiser: ESB
Meeting place:  All tours are subject to availability it will be necessary to book in advance via email as to ensure we can accommodate your group.
Who’s the contact: Paul Lally  paul.lally@esb.ie, or +353 (0) 1 702 6133

Mountlucas Wind Farm, Mount Lucas, Daingean, Co. Offaly

Opening date & time: Weekdays - Throughout the month of June
What’s Happening: School Tours of Mountlucas Wind Farm
Description: A chance to visit Bord na Móna’s Mountlucas Wind Farm.  Guides will meet the students at the wind farm. Students will be given a presentation and video of the wind farm on arrival followed by guided tour of the wind farm by bus. Students will be able to see the turbines up close and ask questions about wind energy. Students should keep an eye out for the wealth of birdlife such as swans, ducks, red grouse, pheasants, herons and many more around the wind farm - which will hopefully make an appearance during your tour.
Tour Duration: 2 Hours approx. Booking essential
Cost: Free. A contribution towards transport costs to visit the wind farm will be provided to the school
Facilities: Car & Coach Parking, 7km Walkway-Cycleway and toilet facilities
Organiser: Bord na Móna
Meeting place: Mountlucas Wind Farm – Car & Coach parking available         
Who's the contact: Booking essential:  - Ph: Catherine 087-1175756  or Email:  mountlucaswindfarm@bnm.ie

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