Bogs and wetlands are one of the most iconic and characteristically Irish landscapes. Almost 1/6th of the country is covered by bog, and it is particularly significant in the midlands. Bogs have long served a variety of functions to past and present societies, from places to gather resources like fuel, rushes and reeds or to hunt. They also have a liminal aspect, forming boundaries and dangerous places that were, and often still sadly are, treacherous to the unwary and unfortunate. They are also places of community effort, meitheal, with real intangible cultural heritage all of their own. They have inspired artists, writers and poets for centuries.