National Geographic : 1961 Mar
KODACHROMES BY BRASSAI, RAPHO-GUILLUMETTE (ABOVE) AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT F. SISSON lJ N.G .S. Bent under a creel of peat, a girl of Inishere trudges homeward. Musically named Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inishere-inish means island-comprise the Arans, bleak rocks jutting from the sea at the mouth of Galway Bay. Home of 1,700 fisherfolk, the islets have little soil and no peat. A boat from Galway left the fuel on the beach. Mechanical turf cutter rolls through the Bog of Allen. Slicing peat from a 9-foot-deep trench behind the yellow cab, the machine feeds the sod into a macerator, then pumps it out onto the 60-yard-long spreader arm, which deposits row upon row at regular inter vals. Trailing disks slice the sod into bricks. Dried, the turf fuels power stations at near 316 by Portarlington and Allenwood.