The people of the remote townland of Doolough in County Mayo launch their first ever festival.

RTÉ Reporter Eileen Magnier reports from North Mayo where emigration has had a huge impact over the years.  

Áine Ní Chiaráin explains the legacy of emigration on the Erris Peninsula and why emigrants return annually around 15 August

We decided to have it now while there was somebody to come home to.

In 1841 almost 600 people were recorded before the Famine as living in Doolough but by 1911 that population had almost halved to just 311 inhabitants. 

The name of Doolough comes from a lake in the village, known locally as the "Black lake" or in Irish as "Dubh Loch".

The inscription on the Doolough commemorative stone uses a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:

How can men feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?

The Doolough commemorative stone to famine victims was erected to remember the Doolough Tragedy that occurred in 1849 during the Great Irish Famine in South West County Mayo. An inspection was due to take place in Louisburgh by officials from the Westport Poor Law Union to determine if people receiving relief should continue to receive the monies. The tragedy occurred when the inspection didn't take place as scheduled in Louisburgh. The ill and starving people had to walk 19 kilometres from Louisburgh to Delphi Lodge in Connemara to meet the same officials for inspection. A large number of the group perished because they weren't in a fit condition to make the journey.

An RTÉ report by Eileen Magnier broadcast on 9 August 1991.