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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

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

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

Marketing in Bord na Móna

By C. B. Murphy, Sales Manager Taken from Irish Engineers Journal Supplement, 1970, p40-46. BORD NA MÓNA has a fairly large range of products-all of them derived from peat but processed and sold in various forms for different uses and markets. Sod machine turf is used for electricity generation. It is also used as a domestic fuel and in hand...

Tags: Development, External Publications, 1960s

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

Sod Peat

By J. D. Power, Technical Development Section Taken from Irish Engineers Journal Supplement, 1970, p31-33. The mechanisation of sod peat production received its first impetus in Germany towards the end of the last century. With the rapid expansion of industry, fuel became scarce, the price of coal rose considerably and the possibility of...

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

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

Philosophy On The Bog

Taken from Catholic Bulletin, Vol. 25, June 1935, p472-478. See Through The Telescope Of History. "To see Ireland as it ought to be seen," wrote Nevinson, "one must do so through the eye of the historian." In mapping out his survey he took the year 1200 A.D. as a dividing line, working backwards and forwards some 700 years from that line,...

Tags: Culture, External Publications, Community, 1930s

Moss Peat Production

By S. L. Rice, Technical Development Section Taken from Irish Engineers Journal Supplement, 1970, p38-39 PRODUCTION of moss peat by Bord na Móna which last year amounted to over half a million cubic metres has made remarkable strides since the first factory was planned in 1946. A cubic metre of moss peat as cut on the bog when dried produces...

Tags: Work, Development, External Publications, 1960s

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