This first photo is of Wee Hannah Herrity sitting with her patron. The next photos are of the Famine Memorial in Westport, a very moving bronze, that's Croagh Patrick in the background.
Why so much talk of the famine? Reminders of it seem to be everywhere ths time, where I've never seen it before. It was the worst thing to happen to Ireland. The population went from 8 million to 4 million, died or emigrated, and today's population isn't much more than 4 million.