By Tom Horan
The recently completed Glenough Wind Farm in Clonoulty Rossmore held its open day last Saturday. The event, which was held by ABO Wind Ireland, included a look inside of a turbine, and the opportunity to speak with the technicians who work with them.
The event coincided with Global Wind Farm Day, which was on Friday. It was well attended, despite weather conditions that favoured the turbines over people. Visitors were transferred to the site via free buses from Clonoulty village. Entertainment was provided by local musicians Mattie Forreston, Padraig Coen, and Noreen Ryan, and children were preoccupied by a bouncing castle and face painting.
Ute Schulmeister is project manager of the Glenough wind farm, and director of ABO Ireland. She has been working with the area since Glenough landowners were first contacted about the project twelve years ago. Construction of infrastructure around the windmills began in 2009, and the they were completed and fully operational by October 2011. She said the open day was an effort by ABO Wind to connect with the local community and debunk common misconceptions people have of wind turbines.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.