However, it seems that sightings of mythical creatures are not an uncommon occurrence in Carlingford, County Louth. In PJ O Hare's gastropub, (that 's a fancy name for a pub that serves great grub and not necessarily one that gives you gas!) there's a reward for finding Sean Og, a naked leprechaun - perish the thought! His clothes and some of his possessions were discovered nearby and are now on display in the pub (so it must be true!).
Carlingford is simply gorgeous, encircled by it's ancient walls and on the shores of Carlingford Lough - Ireland's very own fjord.
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We popped in for a wee visit to Ghan House, where they'd had their wedding reception and the owner allowed us free range to take pictures.
This beautiful eighteenth century Georgian house allows modern day living to liaise with it's centuries old grandeur and style.
We took a hike up Black Mountain to see the deserted village. When I say "hike," I mean "Fiona Hiking" as in, wearing glamorous clothes, high heels and driving as far up the mountain as the road and car allows!
The views were well worth the ...em... exertion!
So while this particular village may not have been vacated at the time of the famine, the knock-on effect resulted in the population moving to lower altitudes and more urban settings, abandoning these settlements high in the hills.