Cutting Turf

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In the past, Irish people heated their homes and cooked their food using turf taken from from the bog as fuel. Turf was cut from the bog by hand, using a two-sided spade called a sleán. Entire families often helped to save the turf on the bog.

In the midlands and the West of Ireland, the tradition of using turf or peat as fuel has continued in many homes.