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Peat is used in many Irish homes as a source of heating. It is most commonly available as briquettes supplied by the State owned Bord na Mona. The briquettes are made of compressed processed peat and are easy and clean to purchase and use.  In the more country areas, peat is burnt in its natural form as turf.

 

The peat is cut out of the bogs with  special shovels called Tuskers which create brick-sized clumps of natural peat. When the turf is cut out of the bog it needs drying before use. This is achieved by creating stacks by the roadside.  

 

The north west coast of Ireland is littered with many such roadside stacks as seen here in Co: Donegal. As I was driving along a thin narrow road bog road I came across these 3 stacks which I felt made for an interesting image.

 

 

Peat Cutting

PEAT CUTTING

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