Footage of workers digging up peat in Ireland.
Irish Co-operative Gathers and Transports Peat - part 2. Republic of Ireland.
Continued from previous record. L/S of horse pulling barge along canal. A row of workers bent over in field; turning over chunks of peat; perhaps to dry them? Group of people near a part of ruins of old rock wall; nearly covered with moss or ivy; with a very narrow arch.
Also shot of the arch alone. Men pose standing in long row. More of horse that pulls the barge; passing old stone building across river. Very busy scene: dock in FG; carts stacked up with bags parked on land in BG; workers unloading the carts. Next; another scene of harvesting the peat. Several workers unearth clumps of peat with their shovels & in the same movement send the pieces flying across ditch; where other men catch them and stack them in wheelbarrows. CU elderly Irish couple stand by a pile of peat; they look at camera for a bit; then start piling more pieces. Priest shakes hands with another old man.
Shots of groups posing in front of stone wall. Priest showing them some paper. Men shaking hands. Next a very rustic house w/ thatched roof; crooked tiny window; half-door open at an angle; and an elderly; frail-looking woman sitting by the door on a stool. MCU priest bending down to talk to woman; he pats her on the back. Priest & other man sit at small table outdoors; w/ 2 priests; 2 laymen standing behind; a line of young men & teenage boys; all dressed in dark suits come by; each hands a card to the priest.