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Celebration of our rich heritage

From Source, November issue 2009 Everyone in Bord na Móna is extremely proud of its 75th anniversary and of the efforts of the current and previous generations of employees in making the company what it is today. To celebrate and mark this major milestone, Bord na Móna has created an exhibition called “Heartland”, launched a heritage website...

Tags: Present and Future, Culture, Community, Source

Third Development Programme

Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 1, no. 18, Summer 1974, p2-4 When the serious threat to this country’s fuel supply resulting from restrictions in the flow of Arab oil became apparent last autumn, Bord na Móna carried out a re-examination of bog areas which had previously been considered incapable of economic development in the face of low...

Tags: Development, 1970s, Scéal na Móna

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

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

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

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

Milled Peat Production

By H. C. Flood, Technical Development Section Taken from Irish Engineers Journal Supplement, 1970, p23-27. The term "Milled Peat" is used to describe peat in crumb or powder form. It has a mean particle size of about 1/4' in diameter ranging from about 1/2" to fine dust. When air dried to a moisture content of 55% by weight it has a loose...

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

Founding Father Dr. C. S. “Todd” Andrews 1901-1985

Taken from Scéal na Móna, Vol. 13, no. 41, April 2002, p18-21. In conversations with Scéal na Móna Dr C. S. Andrews, the First Managing Director of Bord na Móna, has been variously described by bygone employees. Perhaps the employee who knew him best was Ann Foley of Knockcroghery in Co Roscommon, since she was his personal secretary for 19...

Tags: Community, Scéal na Móna, Pre-1930s

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