Oughavale (Aughaval) Graveyard Photographs, Westport, Co. Mayo

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These photographs are not here because I have transcribed the stones, no, this time they are here just to show you the size of this graveyard and a bit of the difference between the old and new sections.  The numbers of stones we have in the new area compared to the older area.  It’s so hard to imagine that the older section was probably once as ‘populated’ with stones as the new section.

Also, there is a bleakness about this graveyard. I have a book which deals with the Clew Bay archaeological Train and in that book it says that this graveyard is unusual because it has Protestant and Catholic burials. That statement is incorrect, you will find Catholics buried in most Protestant graveyards and it is always very hard to try and explain this to people.

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