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Episode Info: stories have a deeper meaning? The place and the stories carry the people’s memories of their history and their suffering. The historical trauma is buried in the soil.   What surprises travelers about the site? …. something one wouldn’t expect? People are surprised when they come close to the site and observe the detail of the houses and their construction methods as well as the still evident shape of the potato ridges dug into the mountain slopes. The Nobel Laurate writer Heinrich Boll had a cottage nearby in the 1950s and spoke of his astonishment on coming upon this village, ‘a skeleton of human habitation’.   What are your thoughts on thin places or liminal places where the physical and spiritual worlds seem to cross? The landscape carries powerful memories of our ancestors’ lives and their traumas. We can walk upon the ground where they lived, toiled and suffered. The place is a poignant image of leaving – through death and emigration – and absence.     What advice would you give to a traveler who is seeking out thin places or sites with spiritual energy? Learn what you can of the place’s history and stories. Then go to the place, walk there quietly and reflect on what the place and landscape conveys to you.     LINKS   BOOKS BY PATRICIA BYRNE   The Preach and the Prelate: The Achill Mission Colony and the Battle for Souls in Famine Ireland     The Veiled Woman of Achill: Island Outrage and a Playboy Drama   Patricia Byrne’s Website   Twitter  @pbyrnewrites   Achill Heritage Center   Slievemore Deserted Village     sEGMENT 3 – mindie on achill island   Additional commentary Other Sites and People Mentioned in this podcast   Francis Van Male and the Red Fox Press Visual Poetry on Achill Island  - by Mindie Burgoyne Amethyst Hotel - - Now Amethyst Bar Heinrich Böll – Irish Journal St. Dymphna’s Holy Well   The Atlantic Drive   Artists who fell in Love with the Rugged Beauty of Achill   2019 Ireland Tours – Scotland and Ireland – visit     CONCLUSION Excerpt from Irish Journal by Heinrich Böll, read by Mindie...
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