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Westport, Connacht, Ireland

This evening, I am posting information on the pleasant town of Westport which is situated in Clew Bay on the N.W. coast of Ireland. Summary facts and information:

  • Population 5500.
  • Established 1780. Designed by James Wyatt in Georgian style of architecture. The Carrowbeg river runs through the town. See image below,
  • Noted for high quality of life.
  • Well resourced with bars, restaurants and hotels.
  • Popular tourist destination. Visitors are attracted by Connemara, Achill Island, Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick  (sacred mountain).
  • Numerous festivals are held throughout the year.
  • Ireland’s National Famine Monument is located nearby, at Murrisk.


Carrowbeg River, Westport, Ireland



National Famine Monument, Murrisk, Ireland

This evening, I am posting information on a poignant reminder of the dark days of the Irish potato famine which occurred during the period 1845-1852.

The famine was caused by a failure of the potato crop due to potato blight. Unfortunately, at this time about one third of the Irish population were dependent on the potato for sustenance. The crop failure had a devastating impact in that about one million died with a further one million forced to emigrate in ships many of which were over-crowded and insanitary in turn contributing to further deaths and suffering.

The monument (above) is the work of John Behan and dates from 1997. It represents a ‘coffin ship’ with skeleton bodies in the rigging. It is located on the south side of Clew Bay at foot of Crough Patrick near Westport in County Mayo in the west of Ireland.




Video clip of Firth of Clyde from Tower Hill, Gourock

This morning I took the opportunity of  a ‘weather window’ (sunshine) to visit Gourock and Greenock (about 45 mins west of Glasgow) where superb photo opportunities are available from a couple of high elevation view points, namely Tower Hill, Gourock and Lyle Hill, Greenock.

Results of my trip can be viewed via the images and videos posted here.

Firth is a Scottish name for bay or estuary, i.e. where the River Clyde joins the sea in the west of Scotland. Places covered in the images include Dunoon (opposite coast), Holy Loch (lake), Loch Long, Gare Loch, mountains of Argyll (opposite coast), the town of Helensburgh (opposite coast), Gourock, Greenock and Port Glasgow. The latter two have a long industrial history entailing shipbuilding, trade activities, port facilities, ferry terminals and berthing for cruise ships.

Video clip of Firth of Clyde from Lyle Hill

Greenock and Firth of Clyde, Scotland

View from Lyle Hill, Greenock, Scotland

Mountains of Argyll from Tower Hill, Gourock, Scotland

Firth of Clyde and Helensburgh from Tower Hill, Gourock

Firth of Clyde from Tower Hill, Gourock