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The Bord na Móna Peat Briquette Design

With three segments spelling out BNM, the Bord na Móna Peat Briquette is one of the most iconic Irish designs. But how did the design come about? It’s a true example of early product design led by our in-house engineers. During the 1940s and 1950s, the company tried several different designs, in a quest to innovate and perfect an increasingly...

Tags: Company Archive, Present and Future, Development, Innovation, 1960s, 1950s

The Great Day on the Bog – Lá na Móna

Taken from Catholic Bulletin, Vol. 24, May 1934, p424-427 THE great plain, stretching westwards some thirty miles from Dublin is probably the district of all Ireland least known to city folk. Dublin men, who will discuss familiarly with you such places as Rosslare or Mullingar, are puzzled at the mention of Clane, Allenwood or Timahoe. So...

Tags: Culture, External Publications, Community, 1930s

Footing the Turf

BY JACK HARTE Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 60, December 2006, p60-61. I chose the title "In the Wake of the Bagger", for my novel of life in the Fifties and Sixties, knowing that it would have the desired air of mystery. Only those of a certain age, from a certain area of the country, would know what a bagger was. How the...

Tags: Work, Community, Scéal na Móna, 1950s

Early Days: The Kildare Scheme and the Turf Camps

BY MAUREEN GILL-CUMMINS Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 60, December 2006, p70-72. The first real progress with regard to utilizing the bogs took place in 1933 when C.S."Todd" Andrews became an official of the Department of Industry and Commerce and established co­operative turf societies on a county basis to promote the...

Tags: Work, Community, Scéal na Móna, 1940s, 1930s

Christmas with the T.D.B.

Taken from An Sleán, Vol. 1, no. 12, December 1944, p5. Droichead Nua A/1 and Edenderry D/9, the Christmas Holiday Camps, will once again resound with the happy noise of fun and happy laughter during the coming Christmas Holidays, as our workers who are our Guests for the holidays, participate in the round of feasting and entertainments which...

Tags: An Sleán, Community, 1940s

Bord na Móna and Bog Conservation

SEAN CANNY, RESOURCE MANAGER, LAND ACQUISITION DEPARTMENT.
Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 11, December 1996, p28-29. Conservation can be defined as taking care of our natural environment and conservation issues usually arise because of human interference in that environment. Questions might be asked about Bord na Móna's direct...

Tags: Environment, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, Scéal na Móna

Blanket Bogs

Taken from Bord na Móna Fact Sheet, no. 5. These can be defined as bogs which form in areas where relatively high levels of rainfall occur annually. They are found mainly on the lowlands in the western counties and also on mountain areas throughout the country. They are shallow bogs which form a blanket- like layer over the underlying soil....

Tags: Company Archive, Environment, The Ancient Past

Urbanity and Rurality – The Bord na Móna Villages of Frank Gibney

FERGAL MAC CABE, ARCHITECT AND TOWN PLANNER Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 60, December 2006, p50-52. So far as is known Frank Gibney had no formal planning or architectural training, although there is a suggestion that he started his career as an engineer in Dublin's Balbriggan. Later in his life he became an associate member...

Tags: Environment, Community, Scéal na Móna, 1950s

Turf Camp Memories

By: John Clohessy Taken from "A Path Through the Bog", John P. Larkin & Owen Denneny, 1995, p6-9. In the forties there was little or no work to be got, in urban or rural Ireland and added to that fuel supply was nearing crisis level. The late Sean Lemass saw a solution that would resolve both the fuel and the job crisis. It was with this...

Tags: Work, External Publications, Community, 1940s

Snapshots From Russia – 1956

Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 49, December 2003, p12-14. The second visit to Russia by a Bord na Móna delegation came about because the Russian Ambassador of the time, a Mr Maisky, had suggested that there should be an exchange of visits between representatives of the turf industries of both countries. It had been agreed after...

Tags: Culture, Scéal na Móna, 1950s

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