Explosives to help farmers

Published: 18 August 1913

An Arklow firm, Kynoch-Arklow Ltd has begun demonstrations on lands near its factory with the aim of encouraging farmers to use explosives in their work. Kynoch-Arklow employs 700 people at its factory, and the product being demonstrated, Erin gelignite is produced there. The demonstration was held in front of a large number of invited guests with agricultural interests.

The crowd was shown how Erin gelignite can be used for trenching, sub-soiling, tree felling and pond deepening. The company claims that Erin gelignite is one of the safest to use, and that its pliability, in all weathers, means that its use is not restricted to summer. A reporter from The Freeman’s Journal who attended the demonstration offered the view that the use of explosives on Ireland’s farms ‘would be an indispensible agent in the future’.

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