Collection: Our Own Place Photographic Project >> Coish Bog
|Main Creator:||Gesparo, Michael photographer|
This year, we in Ireland experienced some of the wettest months on record. Fortunately however, the mid-autumn fine spell of weather brought reprieve and a scurry to the bogs. Throughout the midlands people worked feverishly to save their winter fuel crops of "machine turf" as it is called to distinguish it from the familiar briquette type milled peat and also from the hand-won turf which is now very rare. Machine-turf is cut by contractors and sold in plots to people who undertake the savings of it themselves. This picture shows the savers buisily at work. Nowadays there are only two kinds of peat, machine or briquette, which refers really to the method of saving, rather then the quality. In former times peat or turf was distinguished by quility and in this area there was at least five kinds, i.e. moin ge, black, brown, white an cellet turf.
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23 Sep 1993
Project sponsored by RTÉ and Fuji Photo Film (Ireland) Ltd.
Film number: 3A ; frame number: 35
Birr Historical Society
Photograph taken at e.g. 16:25, 23 Sep 1993.
Physical description: 1 photograph ; 15 x 10cm.
Geographic Coverage: Birr, Co. Offaly, Province of Leinster, Ireland.
|Contained in:||Our Own Place Photographic Project|
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|OOP_3A/35||NPA Reading Room - Appt. only||Photos|
Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.