All of the buildings were adorable and quite homey. I walked up to Niamh already talking to our group, and it was a very grim topic. Discussing the Great Famine was intense. Niamh showed us one of the many pots used back in the day to make soup for everyone in the town. During this time, people would trade work for food, and visa versa. I had no idea until I came here about this historic event, and how greatly it affected its people. The trip to this village very quickly turned from a goofy pit stop to a sincere, silent time to remember those who had gone before us and who were affected by them exporting so much of their food.
In fact, that morning during our lecture on the Great Famine, we talked about exportation, and how we’ve seen similar events here in Hawai’i. The reason Ireland experience such a horrid outbreak of starvation is due to them exporting so much. They had plenty of food that was being grown in their country, but it was all being sent to other countries. In Hawai’i, we see such a similar story line. Here we are, growing all kinds of foods, such as lettuce and papaya and bananas, and we are exporting it all to outsiders, while we pay triple the price for things like strawberries and milk. It’s quite sad that there is such pressure on exportation in over to gain money in the economy, that we so quickly dismiss the possible effects on our people.
After wandering through Glen Folk and taking it all in, we made our way up to the SLiabh Liag Cliffs, which were beyond breathtaking. It was freezing, and misty, and started pouring on us, but I wouldn’t have changed anything for the world. It was so riveting, and my soul felt so alive. We were surrounded by green and water and sheep; what great company! Couldn’t have been better. Yes, maybe if it was clear, our pictures would have captured it a little better, but the mental pictures we have of that day are more valuable that any photograph we could have taken.