In County Donegal, Ireland on a small road 25km west from Ardara, is the abandoned village of Port. The abandoned settlement is believed to have been the first thriving maritime community in the county. The crumbling cottages that dot the landscape were built from local stone.
It is thought that the people who lived there had to leave during The Famine (1845-52) after which the houses were just left to fall into ruin. Of course, many people left Donegal and the rest of Ireland during and after The Famine, but Port is unusual in that a whole village or hamlet seem to have left. Normally there would have been people left behind who survived The Famine and houses would have been inhabited on into later years. Perhaps, in this case, those left behind were just too weak to survive and died there.
Close to the village ruins overlooking the bay is a memorial to the sailors who were lost in the “Sydney” shipwreck of 1870.
This spot is truly isolated and you wonder how people came to be living here in such a remote part of Ireland. It is now a very peaceful place to visit and enjoy the beautiful views over the small bay and gives you time to reflect on what life was like for the people who once lived here.
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