Described as ‘an incredible success," by World Wildlife Fund International Director General James Leape, Earth Hour 2009 saw monuments, castles, public buildings across Ireland join 88 countries around the globe in going dark for one hour.
Last year Ireland was the only country in Europe to take part in Earth Hour. This year the 65 European Union buildings in Brussels went dark as 500,000 households turned off in 193 cities, towns and municipalities in that country alone - about one in three households.
Iconic buildings across Ireland turned their lights off, including Government buildings, Leinster House, the Custom House, and the Four Courts. Countrywide, the Rock of Cashel, the most visited heritage site in Ireland, was plunged into darkness as was Cahir Castle, Ormonde Castle, Carrick on Suir, Donegal Castle and Trim Castle in Co Meath, the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland.
EirGrid reported a reduction for the hour of 70 MW, enough to power 45,000 homes or 100,000 plasma TVs.
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