Jack Cahill was born in 1909, and remembers his days growing up and showing black and white films in the local cinema in Graiguenamanagh. He joined the ESB in 1942, and, using his pushbike, travelled around the countryside, persuading farmers to accept the new electrification system. It was interesting to hear Jack’s stories about the general reluctance to accept this new concept initially. His daughter Kay also prompted her father’s memory on many occasions in this interview.
Keywords: Graiguenamanagh, early cinema, rural electrification, EBS in the 1940s, film projector, picture house, rural Ireland