Local Energy action plan

Graiguenamanagh-Tinnahinch, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

4th Year Project, University College Dublin Upper School of Architecture

The local energy action plan for Graiguenamanagh-Tinnahinch employs a series of small-scale hydroelectric interventions to engage the declining towns with the amenity of the River Barrow. The plan aims to revitalize the towns’ community spaces, while utilizing the hydropower potential that could supply more than 40% of the households with power. The plan was formed during a research-based semester centered around the idea of building a civil infrastructure in Ireland.

The plan is anchored by two mill renovations, the Tinnahinch Mill and the Cushendale Woolen Mill. The mills are connected by a pedestrian path and footbridge that link the centre of Graiguenamanagh to the banks of the river. Nostalgic water wheels along the path pay tribute to the town’s rich mill history and further harness energy for the community.

Student design team: Ruth McDonnell, Gillian O’Connell, Adam Shields, and Julia Vasquez