Harvesting The History

Harvesting The History

The podcast series that explores the natural landscapes of Offaly, connecting the people, the places, and the peatlands. Presented by Garret Daly.

With 42,000 ha of peatland in County Offaly, the history of both Bord na Mona and ESB operations goes beyond their landmass and energy production. The stories featured throughout this 13-part series focus on generational employment and the direct establishment of communities by these bodies in the 1950s. Harvesting a cultural consciousness by capturing the knowledge of the local people who are linked to this natural landscape and environment.

Near Neighbours - Episode 1 

Tom Finerty and Paddy Cantwell, neighbours from Rahan share stories about saving the turf and farming challenges. Good friends swapping tales about changing times and good memories.

My Generation  - Episode 2

Sean Dolan from Cloghan talks about life on the bog, helping his parents, and the environmental issues that face his generation.

Boots, bog and the bard - Episode 3

Stories from Pullogh including football beside the canal and poetry to celebrate its history. After 44 years of referee duties Noel Cooney is considering hanging up the boots.


Coming June 27th Tales from Turraun - Episdoe 4

Reflecting on 86 years living in the area, Mary Dunican remembers a time before plumbing, electricty and phones surrounded by busy peatlands.

Coming July 4th Won’t you take me back - Episode 5

Thirty year old Cloghan man Paul Daly shares stories of his grandparents, environmental challenges and even sings a song.      

Coming July 11th Daingean duo - Episode 6 

Pat McEvoy joined Bord na Móna in 1967 while Eugene Hewson started work there in 1977. Both men fondly remember the working days and the impact it had on their communites.