Sunday, July 14, 2013

Doagh, Ireland circa 1852

    Photo by Agustin Berrocal

   What is it you value?  


This is a little different than my usual sort of post, but after my trip to Northern Ireland and a tour of the 
Famine Village in Doagh I see how a cache of potatoes like this would be better than mere gold.
Check out the link for information on the famine village and for more information on the potato famine and some of the causes leading up to it check here: potato famine.  And finally you should most definately check out The Mag by Tess Kincaid where this picture is offered as a writing prompt.

And here are a few more pictures of Northern Ireland, just because:


    Northern coast, near Malin Head

On the road    

    Church and pub
Day care and cemetery    

    A couple more pictures...

...taken from the car window    


42 comments:

  1. My Irish ancestors came to America during this great famine.

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  2. A terrible time, the famine. Lovely pics.

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    1. Terribly indeed. Thank you Anthony.

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  3. Stunning photos, especially day care / cemetery.

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  4. Gorgeous photo's! informative write about values,thanks!

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  5. Wonderful photos, I hope to visit Ireland very soon.

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    1. Oh, that's great! It's many different kinds of beautiful, and the people are so friendly.

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  6. We have seen the famine houses on Connemara, and on our second visit to Ireland, saw this famine memorial: http://www.tourclare.com/faminememorial.php. Such a devastating time in Irish history, and everywhere you visit in Ireland you learn of how it influenced their lives. Thanks for sharing this, Mary. Reminds us of how much we are blessed.

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    1. You're welcome Ginny. I hope to get to Ireland sometime soon; this trip I was only in Northern Ireland.

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  7. Looked like potatoes to me too. Had a speaker today at church from Ireland...it was fascinating. Thanks for posting the photos

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. oh what a cool trip...like your pics....ugh on the famine though...i imagine the potatoes would be like gold in famine..amazes me with all we have that people still starve....

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    1. Yes, amazing and sad and oh so wrong.

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  9. The famine is blah worthy indeed, yuck to potatoes though, rather eat grass haha great pics

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  10. loved the photolog. Yup, them spuds, worth their weight in gold.

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  11. Ahh . . so that's what the Irish mean by the "crock of gold"

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    1. Now you know what's really at the end of the rainbow. ;-)

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  12. Such a sad story, and that day care looks so very bleak as well. I really enjoyed how you expressed your Magpie Tale today! Excellent story. Great photos, and so was your presentation.

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    1. Thank you very much Karen. I took hundreds of pictures, and many much less bleak, but of course I didn't want to stray too far off topic. :o)

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  13. Great photos , Mary , he does look like leprechaun doesnt he !, i have rellys from Clare, the girls came out to escape the famine, to work as governess , domestic etc, in rural Australia, my great great grandmothers ! So it goes..... Say hello to The Burren for me, ive never been there

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    1. Ah, so you're a bit leprechaun too? If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it.

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  14. Love that you took us there ........... :-)

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  15. I had an Irish Great Granny, I discovered - I wonder if she ever went hungry? What a thought...

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    1. If she was there from 1845-52 I'd bet she did.

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  16. Will certainly visit those famine links. But the snaps are wonderful, shouting with history!

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  17. Thank you Lena. It's sad and fascinating, and a wonderful place to see.

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  18. Great pics for being on the move Mary Bach.

    Just like everything you do...Great!

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  19. Very "enlightened" by this piece. And can't praise your pics enough...

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    1. Thank you very much Lyn. I enjoy taking pics; for a writer I'm quite visual.

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  20. Gorgeous photos, Mary. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime! Just returned myself and it's wonderful to be back reading and seeing such beautiful posts! :)

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    1. Thank you! It really was a great trip. And, glad you're back - from where?

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  21. Loved your very different post. What a great photo journey!!

    in the shadows, let it be

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  22. Lovely pictures. The sepia tones make the landscape look even more desolate...

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I had fun playing with the images a bit.

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