Thursday, July 1, 2010

Doolough, just west of Louisberg

Doolough valley near Louisberg, site of the Famine walk. The famine walk retraces 'a journey of horror' which local people made through the Doolough Valley on the night and morning of 30-31 March 1849. The immediate cause of the death march was the arrival of two 'commissioners', who were to inspect the people and certify them as paupers, so entitling them to a ration of three pounds of meal each. For some reason the inspection was not made and the hundreds of people were told they must appear at Delphi Lodge (ten miles away) at 7am the following morning. They set out on foot along the mountain road and pathway in cold, wintry conditions, including snowfall. When they arrived at Delphi Lodge, they were refused either food or tickets of admission to the workhouse and so they began their weary return journey. It was on this journey that maybe hundreds of people died.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, wow.. I love this bleak atmosphere you got here. Almost looks like the shot was taken on some other planet. Moon maybe?

    Nicely done :)