The Ghost Village of Port

April 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Located deep in rural south west Donegal, the ghost village of An Port is a location frozen in time and steeped in History.

An. Port is thought to be the first maritime port in county Donegal. A beautiful place that is home to a rocky beach, towering sea cliffs and rugged sea stack which are all enclosed by a hamlet of deserted dwellings. These modest houses are cut from the same stone that forms the stunning sea cliffs of the area. That is set Port apart from other locations along Donegal’s remote coast by the eeriness that hangs in the air.

Zodiacal Light at An Port, Co. DonegalZodiacal Light at An Port, Co. DonegalZodiacal Light, Milky Way & Venus at the deserted famine village of An Port, in rural south west Donegal, Ireland. A beautiful and character-fill location with some of the Darkest Skies in Europe.


Date: 15 March 2015
Time 21:00
Location: An Port, Co. Donegal.
Subjects: Zodiacal Light, Milky Way & Venus

Camera: Canon 6D

A Ghost Village, deserted at time of the famine. It is unclear whether all the villagers were forced to flee in search of better living conditions or if whose remained simply perished during the famine but one thing is clear, Port has remained uninhabited since.

Indeed even before the tragedy of the famine the Ghost Village played host to heartbreak. Siohan, daughter of Tarlach Neill (head of the O’Boyle clan), is said to have drowned in the small stream leading to the ocean at Port while learning to swim. However many believe a more plausible explanation to be that Siohan fled to Port to escape from arranged marriage. She was followed there by the man she was to marry where he exacted his revenge by drowning her in the stream.

Starlight at An PortStarlight at An PortThis is the View from the uninhabited famine village of An Port on the 15th November 2014. I was blown away by this location at night. Located in southwest Donegal with glorious dark skies, history and unending charm… what else would you want?

Port has remained untouched by modern life from when it was deserted during the famine to this very day and as such is home to the most glorious dark skies that Europe has to offer. This capture of me admiring the Milky Way at Port during a clod November night begins to begins to communicate the sense of time, history and solitude at hangs in the air at this enchanting location. A rare sensation in this day and age.

The Ghost Village of Port has remained untouched by modern life from when it was deserted during the famine to this very day and as such is home to the most glorious dark skies that Europe has to offer. This capture of me admiring the Milky Way at Port during a clod November night begins to begins to communicate the sense of time, history and solitude at hangs in the air at this enchanting location. A rare sensation in this day and age.

 

Guided by the StarsGuided by the StarsThis image was taken on Saturday the 15th


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