This current research investigates what the attitudes of Irish people are towards the development of offshore wind farms in Ireland. Using a qualitative approach, a questionnaire is carefully designed and distributed among a sample population from three coastal communities. One is located on the west coast and two on the east coast. The two locations on the east coast have an involvement in offshore wind farms. One of the locations plays host to Ireland’s only offshore wind farm, while there are plans in place for an offshore wind farm at the other location. The results from the questionnaires are analyzed with regard to the respondent’s proximity to the coast, their age, their gender and their educational levels. This analysis results in a number of conclusions being generated. Overall, it is found that there is a strong support amongst the respondents for the development of offshore wind farms in Ireland.


Energy, Alternative Energy, Offshore Wind Energy, Attitudes, Ireland

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Department Head

Dr. Jamie Mohler

Month of Graduation



Master of Science

Head of Graduate Program

Dr. Jamie Mohler

Advisor 1 or Chair of Committee

Prof. Robert Herrick

Advisor 2

Dr. Michael Dyrenfurth

Advisor 3

Dr. Raji Sundararajan

Advisor 4

Dr. Gareth O' Donnell