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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

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

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

The Peatlands of Ireland

Taken from Bord na Móna, Fact Sheet, no. 1. FACT SHEET 1.0 Peatlands are a very important part of the history, culture and economy of Ireland. These vast areas of land are amongst our great natural assets and their uniqueness can be compared to the semi-tropical and tropical rainforests in a number of remote regions in the World. PEATLANDS...

Tags: Company Archive, Environment, The Ancient Past

Raised Bogs

Taken from Bord na Móna, Fact Sheet no. 4. These can be defined as bogs which form from vegetation that grows due to the nutrients present in rain water. In Ireland Raised Bogs occur mainly in the central plain (See Fig. I) where moderate amounts of rainfall occur annually. They develop and form on top of fens. They have a dome-shaped...

Tags: Company Archive, Environment, The Ancient Past

Formation and Types of Peatlands

Taken from Bord na Móna, Fact Sheet no. 2. Peatlands (or Boglands) are biogenic deposits where the incompletely decayed remains from a variety of plants, and occasionally trees, have accumulated in waterlogged areas over hundreds or thousands of years. The deposits are a minimum of 45 cm deep but in the vast majority of instances they range...

Tags: Company Archive, Environment, The Ancient Past

Archaeological Finds in the Peatlands of Ireland

Peatlands have been a very important source of archaeological material in Ireland. Artefacts found both under and within peatland deposits have provided detailed information about communities who lived in the early periods of our history as well as about the food, clothes and tools which were used from the Stone Age to recent times. Why does...

Tags: Company Archive, Environment, Culture, The Ancient Past

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