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

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

Droichead Nua and Edenderry, Christmas 1944

Taken from An Sleán, Vol. 1, no. 13, January 1945, p3-4. A very successful invasion operation was carried out on Sunday, 24th December, 1944, and the invading force, amounting to some 200 men, from Mucklon, Allenwood and Killinthomas Camps, were speedily billeted and free to explore the possibilities of Newbridge town. The extent and object of...

Tags: An Sleán, Community, 1940s

Clonsast From Memory – In the Early Days of the TDB

JOHN KEARNS, FORMER CLONSAST CHIEF CLERK Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 37, July 2001, p20-23. Since Clonsast seems to have now been abandoned as a Bord na Móna entity, for the benefit of modern readers it is perhaps necessary therefore to state that it was situated about 41/2 miles from Portarlington en-route to Walsh Island in...

Tags: Work, Scéal na Móna, 1940s

Brief History of the Peat Industry in Ireland

DONAL CLARKE Taken from Peatland Utilisation and Research in Ireland, The Irish Peat Society, 2006, p7-12. Keywords: Turf peat, fuel, electricity, horticulture SUMMARY Peatlands have been exploited in Ireland for over a thousand years. From the 17th century there was pressure to develop bogs, seen as wastelands, for agriculture. In the 19th...

Tags: Development, External Publications, Innovation, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, Pre-1930s

Bord na Móna Turf Harvesting Scheme

Taken from Bord na Móna Recruitment Leaflets. LEND A HAND TO SAVE
AND BE PAID FOR IT! This Scheme is open to Irishmen and their friends from any
part of Ireland, England,...

Tags: Company Archive, Work, Community, 1950s, 1940s

Research on Turf in Ireland

H. M. S. MILLER Taken from Administration, Vol. 7, no. 1, Spring 1959, p49-55. IRELAND has many deserts. They cover about one-seventh of the land and they are as wet as most of the great deserts of the world are dry. This is not a new simile for the bogs of Ireland but it is a good one and bears repeating. Deserts have become a challenge to...

Tags: Development, External Publications, Innovation, 1950s, 1940s

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