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ESB sponsors two prizes at the RHA Annual Exhibition 2006

Esb recently sponsored two prizes at the RHA Annual Exhibition 2006, which marked the 176th event for the Royal Hibernian Academy. The sponsorship is in honour of two former ESB Chief Executives, Thomas McLaughlin and Joe Moran.

Brendan Delany, ESB Archive & Heritage Manager, explained, "ESB believes that these awards for art and sculpture help profile the importance of visual arts and the contribution they make not only to enhancing the workplace but also to help provide us with a better appreciation of the relevance of art in all its forms in our daily lives". In each case, the title of the prize honours two outstanding people.

The Keating /McLaughlin Award:
Dr. Thomas McLaughlin worked as young engineering manager for Siemen -Schuckert and persuaded them to successfully bid and indeed complete the project known as the Shannon Scheme, which brought forward the electrification of Ireland. He was appointed ESB's first Chief Executive and played a major role in all aspects of the organisation until his retirement in 1958, making a particularly significant contribution in establishing ESB's Rural Electrification Programme.

Sean Keating, former President RHA 1948-1962, is perhaps best known for his work in recording in a series of sketches, drawings and paintings which depict the development of the Shannon Scheme. The scale and variety of the machinery used in the building are detailed with great precision. Figures of the workers were often included to give scale to the work, which was and still remains one of the most significant industrial undertakings ever undertaken in Ireland.

The Connor/Moran Award:
Jerome Connor, Irish American Sculptor, was an artist of the first rank whose importance has perhaps been inadequately recognised up to now. Born in Kerry in 1874, Connor divided his career between Ireland and the U.S. ESB has been associated with supporting the development of a visitor centre in Annascaul to display this artist's work and make it more accessible to the public.

Joe Moran was Chief Executive of ESB from 1991 to 1996. He not only made an immense contribution to ESB, but to public life in Ireland. Joe was a man who accomplished a great deal through leading by example, displaying vision, courage and compassion.

  Pictured The Connor/Moran Award for Sculpture for 2006 (A Silver Medal and Cash Award of €1,750), was presented to sculptor Eamonn O' Doherty by Cathleen Moran, wife of the late former ESB Chief Executive Joe Moran, for sculpture Toirc.
Pictured The Connor/Moran Award for Sculpture for 2006 (A Silver Medal and Cash Award of €1,750), was presented to sculptor Eamonn O' Doherty by Cathleen Moran, wife of the late former ESB Chief Executive Joe Moran, for sculpture "Toirc."


Pictured The Keating/Mc Laughlin Award for Painting for 2006 (a Silver Medal and Cash Award of €1,750), was presented to artist Joe Dunne by ESB Deputy Chief Executive Tony Donnelly for his work Portrait of Grainne, Enda, Mel and Meabh Larkin at the recent prize-giving ceremony.
Pictured The Keating/Mc Laughlin Award for Painting for 2006 (a Silver Medal and Cash Award of €1,750), was presented to artist Joe Dunne by ESB Deputy Chief Executive Tony Donnelly for his work "Portrait of Grainne, Enda, Mel and Meabh Larkin" at the recent prize-giving ceremony.
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