Uggool from the gaelic "Ubh Iolair" meaning Eagles Egg so 'The Lost Valley of the Eagles egg' is the more complete title. The lost Valley of Uggool is a poignant reminder of times gone by, the silence now undisturbed by the families who once lived and farmed here. It offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of the west coast of Ireland in terms of nineteenth century way of life and the catastrophic disruptions of the famine and its aftermath. Indeed the Uggool Valley is in itself arguably the finest memorial of the great famine that remains today, quilted as it is with the clearly visible remains of a multitude of potato ridges that have lain undisturbed and unattended for nearly two centuries.
Here you can take a walk back in time to when children played around the long deserted village now overgrown with hazel and bracken, from which the villagers were cruelly evicted as the Great Famine ended, so that high society could maintain their living standards. The quietude that surrounds the remains of the deserted village today is very striking in such a picturesque setting, overlooking the wild Atlantic.
The Cross was erected by the Bourke family in memory of the banished, lost and forgotten and those lying here in unmarked graves. The Rev. Fr. Patrick McManus, the local parish priest, wrote in February 1847 of the state of this parish. “A population of 12,000 persons, all of the cottier class, hitherto solely depending on the potato., now without one ray of earthly hope., famine, fever and dysentery.,”
The Cultural Heritage
Reviewed 27 August 2017
Gerard and Maureen invite you to join them on a wonderful guided trip through their very well tended "lost valley" - an amazing experience with many very special ingredients. These include:- really remarkable scenery, a lovingly looked after trail (very easy to walk) through their own farm and across the lower slopes of Mweelrea, many points of interest on the walk including a "ghost" village that became depopulated after the Famine and post Famine evictions, Gerard's well researched and beguiling stories about the points of interest and the history of the area.