These photographs from Flickr give you a sense for how beautiful Ireland is. However there was a famine about the time Partrick Cragun (probably spelled differently) was born. WikiPedia puts it this way: The Irish Famine of 1740–1741 (Irish: Bliain an Áir, meaning the Year of Slaughter) in the Kingdom of Ireland was perhaps of similar magnitude to the better-known Great Famine of 1845–1852.
I am positing my research on Patrick, as are others, on http://familySearch.org Family Tree section. http://cragunfamilyresearchblog.blogspot.com/