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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

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

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

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

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...

Tags: Work, 1960s, Community, Scéal na Móna, 1950s

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