Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bog Village on the Ring of Kerry

An 18th century bog village was created from buildings moved to the site to pay tribute to the turf cutters of Ireland and show how people were living at the time of the Great Famine that reduced Ireland's population by around 25%, partly from starvation and partly from immigration. Peat, of course, is soil made up of the partially rotted remains of dead plants which have accumulated on top of each other in waterlogged places for thousands of years. Peatlands originally covered over 17% of the land in Ireland, and a few still dig and dry it for peat fires.

 Not sure whether this little one was inured to human beings or too fat to take off!

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