BORD NA MÓNA FACTORY OPENING – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 126
Erskine Childers, Minister for Transport and Power, attends the official opening of the new Bord na Móna factory at Croghan in Co. Offaly in 1961. This newsreel documents the Minister and other dignitaries in attendance at the factory opening which heralded the creation of over 100 new jobs and the capacity to produce 100,000 peat briquettes annually. This was an exciting day for Ireland and for the community of Croghan. Bord na Móna aimed to steadily increase the volume of briquette production to serve the rapidly-growing demand for domestic fuel.
Nowadays, Bord na Móna has shifted its focus to more environmentally-friendly energy production and is aiming to restore and rehabilitate Irish boglands.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to promote the Irish language. The first 36 issues were produced as single-topic films which were released monthly, followed in 1959 by weekly, multi-story newsreels featuring a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine-style items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition.
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With kind permission of Gael Linn.