F6307 : County Mayo - Achill Island - Deserted Village - Derelict Cottages

taken 6 years ago, near to Slievemore, Mayo, Ireland

County Mayo - Achill Island - Deserted Village - Derelict Cottages
County Mayo - Achill Island - Deserted Village - Derelict Cottages
View is to the northeast from the ancient path below the village along the north side of the ancient path. The Deserted village consists of 80-100 roofless stone cottages in different states of ruin, The walls were built of unmortared stone. Each house consisted of one room that was used as a kitchen, living room, bedroom and possibly as a stable for the family's animals. People lived here for many years. When the Famine struck in 1845, most of the families moved to the nearby seaside village of Dooagh to fish for food, while others emigrated. Family descendants from Dooagh continued to use the village as a 'booley village', whereby teenage boys & girls would take cattle to graze on the hillsides during the summer season, and stay in the abandoned cottages. The custom of 'boolying' continued until the 1940s.
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F6307, 43 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 30 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Grassland  Village, Rural settlement  Housing, Dwellings  Derelict, Disused 
Primary Subject of Photo
Cottages 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! F 637 072 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:59.8071N 10:4.6948W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! F 637 072
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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