My mother-in-law was born a Harvey. Her Harvey great-great-grandfather was born in 1800 (the same year, by coincidence, as my Mullins great-great-grandfather) in the south Armagh townland of Armaghbreague. Our guess is that what we presume to be his Scottish Protestant family had been ‘planted’ in this Irish Catholic area sometime in the previous century. He leased land and farmed the southern slope of Carrigatuke right up to its peak.
So here is a view from the top of the mountain looking south east, with the least productive of the land he leased in the foreground and with the Mourne Mountains and a hint of
Carlingford Lough Dundalk Bay in the distance.
And here is his gravestone in churchyard at Armaghbreague, where some of his descendants have continued to be buried up to as recently as 2011.
The ‘human geography’ across whole sections of Ireland such as this area is quite different to that of the village settlements of England. There are very few centres at all (and, for example, the churches stand in isolated locations, often with modern provision of substantial car parks), the population being spread out at low density but evenly.
As we explored many churchyards and roadsides, we couldn't fail to notice both graves and memorials to those murdered by terrorists in the mid 1970s and the unexpected visibility of Irish republican flags in the week following the centenary of the Easter Rising.