August 11, 2008

Doo Lough in County Mayo, Ireland

doo lough, county mayo, ireland
doo lough, county mayo, ireland

doo lough, county mayo, irelandLocated in County Mayo, Doo Lough (pronounced like the Scottish Loch) is the location of a memorial to those who died in the Famine Walk of 1849.

In March of 1849, hundreds of starving people walked the 10 miles from Louisburgh down to the Delphi Lodge, hoping to get food for their families. They were turned away, and hundreds of people died on the walk back to Louisburgh.

Unfortunately, it was pouring rain and very windy the day we drove the same route, so we didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked exploring the area. I definitely recommend the drive, though, especially if the weather is favorable. If you are in the area, Louisburgh has a small museum dedicated to Grace O'Malley that also has an exhibition about the potato famine.