Photographer's Note

The Deserted Village at Slievemore provides a haunting reminder of times past on Achill Island. It contains ruins of about 100 stone buildings that line both sides of a pathway about 1 mile long. Potato ridges are still clearly visible under the top layer of grass and the grazing black-faced sheep provide a sense of how life was lived in former times. Step carefully and wear boots, the sheep have grazed there for a long time.
We met a group of muddy students from the annual Achill Archaeological Summer Field School. A survey of the architecture of the houses, excavation of a selected house, No. 36, and a field survey of the palimpsest of field systems surrounding the village suggest an origin for the village in the Early Medieval Period (A.D. 5001200). Successive settlements modified, rebuilt, and destroyed much of the fabric of the original settlement, but sufficient diagnostic elements remain to plot tentatively the evolution of settlement up to and including final abandonment in the Post-Famine Period, ca. 18501890, Source when there seemed to be some kind of disagreement with the new owner, the Achill Mission. This was a movement led by the Reverend Edward Nangle and based in Dugort with the aim of colonising Achill Island for the Protestant faith. Some historians suggest that the village at Slievemore became deserted as a result of evictions for non-payment of rent to the Achill Mission Source
Achill Island (pronounced /ˈkəl/; Irish: Acaill, Oilen Acla) in County Mayo is the largest island of Ireland, and is situated off the west coast. It has a population of 2,700. Its area is 57 square miles (148 km). Achill is attached to the mainland by Michael Davitt Bridge

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