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Community Case Study

O’Loughlin Gaels – Pitch Lighting Upgrade


O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club were founded in 1969. The club’s grounds have a footprint 14 acres. They serve as a very large hurling club, camogie club, and handball club. And in addition to that, they provide facilities for basketball players, volleyball players, indoor soccer, Irish dancing, and are a real community facility.

O’Loughlin Gaels approached South East Energy Agency looking to reduce both their carbon footprint and energy costs, in addition to needing new pitch lighting to allow their teams to train 12 months of the year, particularly during the dark winter months. The team at South East Energy Agency coordinated the entire BEC application from the initial energy audit, procurement to warranty checks and all required paperwork. South East Energy Agency have previously worked with O’Loughlin’s on two previous energy upgrade projects in which the club house was insulated, a boiler was upgraded and PV solar panels were installed.

Project Overview

Company name:

O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club

Project actions:

Pitch Lighting upgrade, Heating controls installed, attic insulation.

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Additional funding:

SEAI Community Energy Grant 2022 programme

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As a club O’Loughlin’s Gaels were unable to allow their 35 different teams to train during dark evenings in autumn and winter due to a lack of pitch side lighting. Additionally, the club also wished to continue their energy efficiency journey, building on their two previous projects and further reduce their electricity use and environmental impact.

The South East Energy Agency team analysed their electricity consumption and current usage. As part of the project, our team of experts conducted an in depth energy audit, managed the application from start to finish and coordinated the installation of new highly efficient pitch side LED lighting,  further upgrading of the insulation in the clubhouse attic and the installation of new heating controls.


The successful installation of highly efficient LED pitch side lighting has transformed the club’s pitch to a class 1 GAA pitch suitable for senior hurling and football matches 12 months of the year. Furthermore, the additional attic insulation has increased comfort in the club house and reduced the club’s heating demand. The new heating controls now give the club more control over their heating and further improving the club’s energy efficiency.

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