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North East Sustainable Energy Community

by Dundalk Credit Union , 12th March 2024


Clanbrassil Street turned green on Tuesday 27th February for the launch of the Dundalk Credit Union Northeast Sustainable Energy Community (SEC). The new Dundalk Credit Union office at 4-5 Clanbrassil street (formerly Houston’s) became a hive of activity with energy companies, community groups, and hundreds of invited guests in attendance, all engaged in shared environmental sustainability goals. 

The Energy Team

Eugene Conlon and The Energy Team put on a fantastic showcase of energy information, providing advice to homeowners seeking help with retrofitting and the SEAI grant process, while also presenting to students on various energy projects.

Local Suppliers

Eco Energy Improvements, Meegan Insulation and Senator Windows provided practical information and advice on energy upgrades. While DkIT, LMETB, Skill Net and Louth Local Development made attendees aware of the various courses available in energy, engineering, and sustainability.


Guests from local secondary schools were eager to speak to the Head of Engineering in DkIT, Breda Brennan, who, in advance of International Women’s Day, was highlighting STEM studies to female students in particular. Additionally, Louth County Council highlighted their Climate Action Plan and the supports available to groups within the community.

Community Support

Speaking about how well attended the event was, Dundalk Credit Union Head of Business Development, Naomi O’Donoghue remarked, “We are thrilled to see so many of our members here today and to witness their engagement with the various businesses and organisations present. It’s particularly heartwarming to see so many local business owners and staff members from neighbouring businesses. Receiving support, endorsement and participation from other stakeholders, businesses, community groups and ordinary people from across the Northeast is what it’s all about. This is how we will grow this co-operative sustainability platform and really develop it into something useful and tangible for the community”.

Dr Niamh Shaw

The highlight of the morning was Dr. Niamh Shaw, a native of Ard Easmuinn, who inspired students with tales of her climate mission to Antarctica, and her trip to the Utah dessert, simulating a stay on Mars! Niamh emphasised the excessive consumption in our world. She spoke to the need for a circular economy and a move away from the ‘take-make-waste’ linear economic model.

Circular Economy & UN SDG Goals

Developing a circular economy is paramount to Dundalk Credit Union and a pillar of our strategic plan. CEO, Billy Doyle, officially launched the SEC to a crowded house. He re-affirmed the commitment of Dundalk Credit Union to the concept of sustainable communities and to the broader UN sustainable development goals (SDG). He further noted, “Equality of opportunity, responsible consumption, climate action, financial well-being & education, and sustainability are all priorities for a healthy community, and Dundalk Credit Union, via our newly launched Sustainable Communities Co-Operative Platform, is committed to playing it’s part and contributing to the achievement of these goals, in collaboration with members, DkIT, Louth County Council, local businesses, community groups and other stakeholders from across the Northeast. Working together, we have the power to shape a community that thrives ensuring a legacy that future generations can proudly inherit”.