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It involves a mysterious photograph and where it might have been taken...
A couple of weeks ago, Mooney listener Paddy Gallagher from Achill Island contacted us about his mother's engagement ring. You might remember it was lost in a haystack and turned up eighteen years later in a neighbouring field and it was a very charming story beautifully told by his parents Kathleen and Geoffrey.
And whilst Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden was in Achill, Paddy happened to mention another story to her, about a mysterious photo. Paddy was on eBay one night googling Achill and he came across a photo page for sale from a 1915 National Geographic magazine.
It's a black and white photograph taken by an A.W. Cutler on Achill Island and printed in National Geographic magazine. You’ll see an old thatched cottage, a little girl on a horse, an older woman (maybe her grandmother) and other small children, a big turf pile and in the background the sea and the Minaun cliffs.
Paddy thought it was fascinating and thought it might be nice to try to figure out where the photo was taken and who the people were in the photo. He thought he might easily trace their descendants and show them this photo.
Paddy Gallagher and Sean Molloy at Option No. 1
Option 1: Deserted Village on Achill Island
But it proved to be a little tricky. He enlisted the help of his friend Sean Molloy and they decided that the photo was taken at Achill's famous Deserted Village – which is now a big tourist attraction - which was deserted after the Famine after rents went up but it remained as a 'Boley Village' where cattle were brought to graze in summer.
But then a spanner was thrown in the works by local Archaeologist Dr Theresa McDonald. She said she spotted a few discrepancies in the photo and SHE believed the photo was taken less than a mile up the road at another location.
Paddy Gallagher and Archaeologist Dr Theresa McDonald at Option No. 2!
So Paddy called Mooney to try to figure it out and get to the bottom of it! You can make up your own mind by looking at the pictures above and listen to Katriona's interviews, to try and decide just where was the photograph taken...
To visit the 'What's On In Achill' Facebook page, as mentioned in the report, click here.