Abbeystrowry Cemetery

Abbeystrowry Cemetery is located near Skibereen in County Cork. It is the site of some of the mass graves used in the area during the famine around 1845.

I didn’t know, or had forgotten there was a famine in 1740/1741 when 400,000 people died. That many people died on this little island of ours in such a short time? The mind boggles.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 125mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s




  1. Reply
    richard January 25, 2010

    I once crashed a motorbike just past this graveyard (a bad double S bend and a fool going too fast on a motorbike. As I lay there on the road wondering if I was dead or not the inconsequence of my life flashed before me.

    Good monochrome – it looks so summery!

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    Donncha January 25, 2010

    I think I know the bend. It’s beautiful out there next to the river. You’ll be glad to know I have 2 more shots from this immediate area to post. I’m sure you’ll recognise them!

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    Tim Halberg February 3, 2010

    love black and white images! great contrast on the graveyard shot. I wish we had more epic graveyards to photograph out here… but sadly all the headstones are in the ground and there’s no epic trees and the likes.

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    Peggy April 4, 2014

    there were around a million who died during the famine and another million fled to Canada and the US. That’s when some of my people came to the US through Canada. It was cheaper to travel to Canada at the time and the US borders closed to the Irish so they came in as Canadians.

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