State owned turf company Bord na Móna has pointed to summer temperatures reaching their highest values in almost a decade as the reason for its record breaking peat harvest return.
Earlier this week, it was announced total peat harvest figures for 2013 amounted to 166 per cent of its target for the year.
The results also showed the company exceeded its target by the largest ever percentage in its history and is more than four times the amount produced during 2012.
Head of Peat Operations Paul Riordan said settled weather patterns and lower than expected rainfall had proved instrumental in achieving those gains.
“The peat harvest totals that we now have show that 2013 was one of the best ever years for Bord na Móna,” he said.
News of the figures comes barely eight weeks after newly released accounts revealed the wettest summer in 75 years saw yields decimated by two thirds, costing the company €21.1m in the process.
“After last year’s poor harvest, we needed an exceptional harvest, and we are delighted now to have exceeded expectations so spectacularly,” he said.