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Pearse Street Recreation Centre Celebrate Global Wind Day with Bord Gáis Energy


Over 20 teenagers from Dublin's Pearse Street and Ringsend neighbourhoods descended on Lisheen wind farm, County Tipperary today (Thursday, 13 June) where Bord Gáis Energy hosted an event to celebrate Global Wind Day.

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world.

This year a group of male and female teens from Pearse Street Recreation Centre took part in the initiative to learn about wind energy. They also got up close and personal with the impressive turbines and participated in a bungee run challenge to demonstrate the power of wind energy.

Gary Thompson, Asset Operations Manager at Bord Gáis Energy said, "Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be participating in a community initiative for Global Wind Day. This year we have invited teenagers from inner city Dublin most of whom had never seen wind turbines. Global Wind Day is about raising awareness about renewable energy and it's important that young people today are educated and gain an interest in renewable energy at an early age wind is a key part of our energy portfolio and has an important role to play in providing sustainable and clean energy for future generations."

Global Wind Day is coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and supported in Ireland by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Thousands of events are being organised in 29 countries to raise awareness of wind energy and show people how wind can be part of a stable, clean energy future.

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About Bord Gáis Energy

Bord Gáis Energy is a dual-fuel, all island business that serves over one million gas and electricity customers. Bord Gáis Energy operates and develops a diverse portfolio of assets, including electricity generation, wind farms and tidal energy.

Bord Gáis Energy owns and operates 135 turbines on 15 wind farms in eight counties - Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Donegal & Tyrone, contributing 15% of installed wind capacity in Ireland. Lisheen wind farm became operational in 2009 with a capacity of 36 MWs. A phase two development of Lisheen wind farm is nearly at completion and will provide a further 24 MWs.

About the Pearse Area Recreational Centre

The Pearse Area Recreational Centre (P.A.R.C) is a community recreational centre providing amenities and day-care services for children and teenagers aged between three and eighteen years old from the Dublin 2 Pearse Street and Dublin 4 Ringsend areas.

P.A.R.C has been in existence for over 30 years and is run by volunteers from the locality. The centre is used by over 200 youths from the surrounding areas and provides the local children with educational and recreational facilities including a computer room, pool tables, games, outdoor play area, karate classes and an astro turf pitch for sports.