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Above and right: Just a sample of some signs created for Pollardstown Fen. As an official state project, the signage was produced in both English and Irish.

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PROJECT 3: Pollardstown Fen, Kildare

Pollardstown Fen is a magical place, sort of in the middle of nowhere, which is partly what makes it so alluring. Found north of Newbridge, it is one of Ireland's few freshwater fens, constantly topped up with countless springs from the Curragh Aquifer.

The fen was such a good source of water it was used to supply the Grand Canal when that was built in the 1780s. The water source was, and still is, also used by the Guinness brewery (for brewing, and now washing), but that's another tale. The fen survived recent attempts at drainage and reclamation, and is now back to something approaching its former glory, and is an oasis for wildlife; in particular birds, insects and plants. It is also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The project was commissioned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service who manage the fen. It required numerous signs of various sizes, from the very large, in the car park, to the more sympathetic, smaller signs within the fen itself. The signage project complemented the recently installed boardwalk which has proved very popular with locals.

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THE DRAWING BOARD GRAPHIC DESIGN AGENCY : : MILL LANE LEIXLIP CO. KILDARE IRELAND : : +353 1 6245354 : : +353 86 3364 338 : : DECLAN@THEDRAWINGBOARD.IE

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