More power cuts leave parts of Glencolmcille and Buncrana without supply

By Diarmaid Doherty

Around 250 homes and businesses are without electricity at present in the Glencolmcille and Buncrana areas after a serious of power cuts this morning.

In Glencolmcille 75 customers have no power while in Buncrana, three separate faults reported this morning have left  176 customers with no electricity.


At one stage this morning, almost 630 customers in the Glencolmcille/Kilcar area were affected by the outages at four different plants

However, crews were able to restore power to 346 customers after repairing  a fault at 9am this morning after the supply was lost at 1.17am.

Elsewhere, power was resorted to 111 homes and businesses at 10am this morning, around an hour after the problem was reported.

And a short time later, 97 customers had power restored after a third fault was repaired.

ESB say they hope to have the power restored to the other 75 customers by 7pm this evening.

In Buncrana, a fault reported at 7.21am this morning, affected 125 customers, is expected to be resolved at 11.45am today.

Two other faults this morning impacting 13 and 38 customers, are also expected to be resolved by lunchtime today.


There have been other power cuts reported in Donegal since last night, although the numbers of impacted customers are much lower.

Twelve customers have been impacted by a fault in the Dungloe area which was reported shortly before 8pm on Thursday evening.

ESB hope to have power restored by 7pm on Friday.

In the Ballintra area, 25 customers have been without power since just before midnight on Thursday. It’s hoped to have power restored by 7pm.

In the Convoy/Raphoe area, twelve homes have been without a supply since Monday morning and ESB say they hoped to have the problem solved by 8pm tonight.

An outage in the Newtowncunningham area affected 20 customers since tea-time on Wednesday is expected to be resolved by 1pm today.

In the Glenties area, ESB say they hope to have power restored to 70 customers at 1pm today. They have had no power since Monday.

Twenty-four homes in the Redcastle and Shrove areas of Inishowen which had been without power since Monday finally had power restored this morning.

ESB crews are continuing to work to repair faults caused by this week’s heavy storms. On Wednesday, ESB colleagues from the Cork and Kerry region arrived in Donegal to assist in the operation.

Speaking to the Donegal News, the ESB’s Donegal Area Manager Gerry Gallagher said extra specialised machinery and equipment has also been brought into the county as efforts to restore power to all customers continues.

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