Futtin the turf in Allenwood

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Where: Leinster, Co Kildare, Ireland

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A Monkey Morgan image of the Bog of Allen at Allenwood in County Kildare. An industry that seemed likely to continue forever but today is seen as being destructive of a habitat and not ecologically sustainable. The rows of peat are laid out in fine lines showing just how well organised and efficient the process was!

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: ca. December 1954


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    John Spooner

    • 30/Jun/2023 08:20:30

    Not just turf cutting.

    "TRADE" IN THE BOG OF ALLEN. Seizure of an Illicit Still. A Tullamore correspondent reports the seizure of an illicit still empty house in the bog of Allen yesterday. The place was owned a man named Hefferan, and so situated that anyone approaching could seen long distance off. When the police arrived a quantity of grain only was found on the premises, but the still and other articles used in the manufacture whisky were found concealed in the bog-holes around. Two arrests were made.
    (Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 23 March 1892)

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    O Mac

    • 30/Jun/2023 09:23:16

    This is Timahoe... Dropped pin is where those BnaM buildings were in mid right of photo. maps.app.goo.gl/WUsVNh7Hjr7d4m1v9

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    • 30/Jun/2023 09:34:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03] Thank you, I was flummoxed, trying to find the lines. Here is an equivalent Google satellite 3D - www.google.com/maps/place/Jessbrook,+Mucklon,+Enfield,+Co...

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    • 30/Jun/2023 10:08:44

    https://flic.kr/p/2jAfiWN via 2c.. View from the ground at Lullymore https://flic.kr/p/j574fR via EI-GJB And from above

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 30/Jun/2023 11:11:49

    I've found an 1864 map shewing the bog lands of Ireland ...

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 30/Jun/2023 11:43:17

    This will be a Bord na Móna bog. Ireland was heavily caught out with fuel issues during he emergency and Bord na Móna was set up to do industrial peat harvesting from the 1946, particularly around the Midands heavy mechanised support for turf land preparation, drainage, cutting, harvesting and transportation. Compared to the "traditional" had-cut turf sod of maybe at a guess 40cm x 20cm x 20cm machine cut (sausage) spews out from the cutter in a long pipe of may 20ft and will tend to break itself into pieces maybe 60cm x 15cm x 10cm when drying. The hand cut stuff is a pain to dry as it needs first to be placed in footings and as it dries into larger clamps. If the turf sod gets too dry it will crumble away. The machine cut stuff being longer and thinner can typically be saved direct from the footing. In either case if left too long in wet weather scattered and not in footings the sods may need to be turned over to stop them getting into the ground. Wet wet management can be critical, not too much of an issue in the Midlands but in the west of Ireland known for its plentiful rain clamps would need to be sited on the higher spots and pallets might even be used to keep the turf off the ground. Very wet weather might even prevent a tractor getting into the bog! in the old pre-baled silage days when saving the hay would take all summer hay would be prioritised on dry days and turf left for the wet ones.

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 30/Jun/2023 11:44:55

    On course nowadays Bord na Móna saves peat as small we marbles, the days of turf sods are long gone for them as far as I know. (but I stand correction)

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    John Spooner

    • 30/Jun/2023 12:36:35

    Boatloads of turf from the Bog of Allen bring an end to the fuffering of the poor people of Dublin. Dublin Evening Post - Tuesday 13 November 1781:Dublin Evening Post - Tuesday 13 November 1781

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/Jun/2023 13:01:54

    Looking North across the bog - seen in this google maps aerial (satellie?) view

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    • 30/Jun/2023 15:19:43

    i still burn some peat, it is the curved cylinders though, not the same cut blocks. the smell is wonderful

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    • 30/Jun/2023 19:17:50

    Bord na Móna peat briquettes will no longer be made after 2024, according to a 2021 article in The Journal

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    • 30/Jun/2023 20:07:45

    Buenas fotos antiguas