The Peat Fuel Company Ltd. Developed the bog at Lullymore for large scale mining operations and built a briquette factory for 50,000 tons of annual output.
Eamon de Valera launched the National Turf Cutting competition each year in the 1930’s.
The competition was launched to increase the awareness of peat as a fuel and to help increase production.
The Turf Development Board was founded in 1934 to develop Ireland’s peat resources and to create a market for hand won turf.
A delegate from the Turf Development Board travelled to Germany and Russia to study large scale production of peat.
In 1935, the Turf Development Board bought John Purser Griffith’s plant at Turraun and used it to gain experience of mechanised peat production.
The early machines caused considerable problems, the German baggers were not fully suited to Irish conditions and often sank in the bog.
The Turf Development Board surveyed Clonlast bog in 1936 and the first bagger began operating there in 1939.
The first major task at Clonsast was the digging by hand of the drains. The TBD underwent a difficult learning period as it tried to drain Clonlast too quickly.