Is there anything more welcoming on a cold day than an open fire burning in a massive grate? Rathmullan House in Donegal has such a welcome. Beautiful lived in drawing rooms full of antiques and comfy sofas to sink into. The focal point, of course is the open fire. A creamy cappuccino, some warm fresh scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves is all one needs to complete this perfect scene. Taken last Sunday on a cold and grey day.
In Ireland, large-scale domestic and industrial peat usage is widespread. Specifically in the Republic of Ireland, a state-owned company called Bord na Móna is responsible for managing peat production. It produces milled peat which is used in power stations. It sells processed peat fuel in the form of peat briquettes which are used for domestic heating. These are oblong bars of densely compressed, dried and shredded peat. Briquettes are largely smokeless when burned in domestic fireplaces and as such are widely used in Irish towns and cities where burning non-smokeless coal is banned. Peat moss is a manufactured product for use in garden cultivation. Turf (dried out peat sods) is very commonly used in rural areas.
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