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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

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...

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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

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

Peat Briquettes

By J. Martin, Mechanical Section Taken from Irish Engineers Journal Supplement, 1970, p34-37. BORD NA MÓNA produces some 315,000 tons of briquettes per annum from 800,000 tons of milled peat. Production takes place at three factories situated at Derrinlough (between Birr and Cloghan), Co. Offaly, Croghan (between Edenderry and Daingean), Co....

Tags: Work, External Publications, Innovation, 1960s, 1950s

My Recollection of the Cottage Schemes

By Sean Mc Namara Taken from "A Path Through the Bog", John P. Larkin & Owen Denneny, 1995, p24-27. I am Sean Mc Namara, born in 1923 in Co. Roscommon and qualified B.E in UCG in 1945. I worked in the Co. Council offices for about six months, without salary, to gain experience. I was then appointed supervisor at 13/6d. per day for a six...

Tags: Development, External Publications, Community, 1950s

Looking back 50 Years – Some Memories of Boora

Dr Finbar Callanan former Bord na Móna Chief Civil Engineer Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 60, December 2006, p39-43. I joined Bord na Móna on the 1st of June 1956. Prior to joining the Board I was engaged on the design of the new jetties and harbour facilities for the port of Waterford which had a sizeable expansion programme...

Tags: Work, Development, 1970s, Innovation, 1960s, Scéal na Móna, 1950s

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
THE NATON’S FUEL!
AND ENJOY
AN OPEN AIR HOLIDAY
GOOD FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION
GOOD COMPANY at
TURF HARVESTING IN IRELAND
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

Bord na Móna in the Ads

Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 52, August 2004, p14-18. Just before last Christmas, Sean McCabe, the Curator of Portarlington Town Museum, presented Sceal na Móna with a comprehensive collection of early Bord na Móna advertisements spanning the years 1954 to 1961. In the early days of pre-television, the vehicle for most advertising was...

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