(A series of posts leading up to/including The Nocturnes Photo Tour in the West of Ireland, July 15-25, 2013; with a personal Genealogical Research Extension, in and around Ballina, July 25-29)
On Ireland's largest island - Achill Island - at the southern slope of Slievemore Mountain, lies the "Deserted Village at Slievemore." Comprised of 80-100 unmortared stone cottages, running for about a mile on a lonely country road, they are thought to have originally served as seasonal dwellings (following the cattle grazing and pasture cycles). However, shortly after the Great Famine (Irish: an Gorta Mór, meaning "The Great Hunger") of 1845-1852, the village was deemed deserted, its history frozen in time . . .
Image Copyright Tim Baskerville
From The [not so] Daily Nocturne