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Drove up into the Cooley mountains today through strange weather - sunshine one minute, fog the next.
There are lots of old abandoned farmhouses along the lanes which criss-cross the mountains. They fascinate
me. I wonder what stories the old stones could tell, what events they were silent witnesses to. The Famine?
The War of Independence? The Civil War? The World Wars?
No doubt history played a part in their decline. Emigration has long been a feature in Irish society so perhaps
the occupants left to seek a better life overseas. Late marriages and bachelor farmers may have resulted in
no heirs to take them over, or they slowly became derelict as disagreements over wills dragged on indefinitely.
The desire for the new saw these old houses abandoned in favour of a modern bungalow, often constructed with little thought as to how it might blend in with the landscape.

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Keith O'Brien25-Jan-2010 18:00
Sad to see rural decay, but a great photo though! V
larose forest photos25-Jan-2010 02:31
Just the kind of shot I love! What a marvelous photo and text. I'd rather live here than in some big inner city condo!!! V
Neal Nye24-Jan-2010 12:39
They certainly are picturesque. But probably more fun to look at now than they ever were to live in. It makes a wonderfully nostalgic image.
Colin Storey24-Jan-2010 11:30
Wonderful scene and story. v
Sheila24-Jan-2010 09:15
Charming view of country living.
heather24-Jan-2010 08:46
Love the old cottage.. wonderful scene Mairead. V
Johnny JAG24-Jan-2010 08:15
This is a great scene that would make a lovely painting.
LynnH24-Jan-2010 03:41
It seems wasteful to see them, when so many other people are homeless!
lou_rozensteins24-Jan-2010 02:03
An lovely rural scene. Well done.
Nora van Beek23-Jan-2010 23:13
Hopefully at least some of these historic structures will be preserved. This is a great shot of a very charming scene. ~V~
slhoornstra23-Jan-2010 22:32
A charming old cottage and a very nice cow in the yard. Who would trade this for a condo? V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)23-Jan-2010 22:17
This is a nice shot my friend.Vote
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