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The scenery and antiquities of Ireland
Coyne, J. Stirling (Joseph Stirling), 1803-1868.
Publication Information:
London : Mercury, 2003.
Physical Description:
455 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Originally published in London as a two volume work circa 1842.
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Originally published in 1842 as two volumes, this collaboration between two talented men has not seen print in years. The first section contains a stunning collection of landscapes wooded gorges, crashing waterfalls, wind-swept seashores, dramatic mountain scenery and views of towns and villages. The Second concentrates on ancient ruins, churches, monuments, castles and stone circles. The text describes the various regions of Ireland in turn as they appeared at the time of the author's travels; he also gives a short factual history of each town or region visited, and pointing out how scenery has inspired generations of artists and writers.

Table of Contents

Chapter I Embark from Port Patrick
Chapter II Drogheda, and a Miraculous Image of the Blessed Virgin
Chapter III The Road from Cave Hill to Larne
Chapter IV Beauty of the Coast between Larne and Glenarm
Chapter V The Grey Man's Path -- Accidents on the Cliff
Chapter VI First View of the Giant's Causeway
Chapter VII Breakfast at Bushmills
Chapter VIII Dunluce to Coleraine and Limavady
Chapter IX Ballyshannon and Sligo Abbey Salmon Fishing on the Moy
Chapter X Lough Conn and Mount The Joyce Country, and "big Jack Joyce" Leenane -- Lord Sligo's Lodge at Delphi
Chapter XI Connemara, its wild grandeur The Character of Connemara The Twelve Pins of Binabola
Chapter XII St. Patrick's Well, a famous place of Pilgrimage -- Life of St. Patrick
Chapter XIII Approach to Galaway -- the Spanish Aspect of the People and the Town The Story of Lynch Fitzstephen, the Warden of Galaway The Singular Character of the Claddah people
Chapter XIV The Shannon The Shannon, from Portuma to Castle Connell The Rapids of Doonass The Course of the Shannon
Chapter XV The Shannon near Tarbert Kilkee, a favorite Watering -- Place Superstitions -- Witchcraft in Ireland
Chapter XVI The Rock of Cashel Legend of the Fountain of Cashel The Romantic Irish Legend of Daireen and Fithir The Lady Alice Kettell, the reputed witch Jerpoint Abbey, a splendid architectural Ruin
Chapter XVII Waterford The Beauty of Blackwater below Dromana The Town of Lismore
Chapter XVIII The General Character of the Counties of Cork and Kerry A Historical Notice of the City of The Character of the Inhabitants Amusements of the lower Classes The Suburbs of Cork Blarney Village and Castle The Tradition of the Blarney-Stone The Road from Cork to Bantry
Chapter XIX Road from Glengariff to Killarney Kenmare-Ross Island and its Castle Innisfallen Taking a Stag at Derricunnehey The Legend of Innisfallen A Second Visit to Murcruss Abbey The Legend of the Yew-Tree The Devil's Punch Bowl
Chapter XX The Valley of the Flesk The Legend of St. Latereen Knockaclashy Hill The Legend of St. Fineen Barr, and the "Big Eel" The Love of Dancing amongst the Irish Ancient and modern Dances of Ireland
Chapter XXI Cork Revisited Subterranean Chambers at Carrigtohill The Story of Tom Doggan's Remarkable Cromlech Remarks on the Round Towers of The Giant's Stairs The Cork River Welsh Settlements in the Baronies of Forth and Bargie-Kinsale The Natural Bridges The Bay of Galaway Irish Red Deer
Chapter XXII The Road from Galway to Dublin The Caoine, or Song of Sorrow The Irish Wake Athlone, and its Historical Remniscences The "Deserted Village" of Gold-smith The Legend of Lough Ouel Observations on Irish Bogs The Ancient Castle of the Geraldines
Chapter XXIII The Environs of Dublin The Strawberry-Beds The Royal Hospital at Kilmainham Ancient History of Dublin The Cathedral of St. Patrick Christ Church Cathedral St. Michan's Vaults, their singular antiseptic property The Castle of Dublin
Chapter XXIV The County of Wicklow The Garden of Ireland The Village of Ennis kerry The Lover's Leap The Devil's Glen An Important Discovery relative to the Round Towers of Ireland The Battle of Arklow The Bravery of the Irish The Wicklow Gold Mines