ELECTRICITY DEMAND FELL by 6 per cent yesterday evening, as people stopped work to watch Katie Taylor on television.
Demand for power fell by 205 megawatts during the bout, said EirGrid, the equivalent of the electricity usage needed for 130,000 homes.
Power rose again as kettles were boiled and fridges opened, but it fell again by 90 megawatts during the medal presentation.
This is not the first time that Irish sporting events have changed electricity demand. Electricity consumption fell by 3 per cent at the beginning of Ireland’s 3-1 defeat to Croatia in their opening match in Euro 2012.
The first Ireland-England rugby match in Croke Park in 2007 and the penalty shoot-out between Ireland and Romania in the Italia ’90 World Cup also had a significant effect on demand nationwide.