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nection of the component parts and their relative situation in respect to the surrounding scenery: some account of the lake in which the description was assisted by a series of plates appeared to be much wanting, and it is humbly hoped that the work now offered to the public, will be found, in some measure, to supply this deficiency.

The views contained in it have been selected by the author out of a great many which lay in his portfolio, as those best calculated to elucidate the subject : others, more interesting and pleasing in themselves might have been chosen ; but it was his object to render them subservient to general information rather than to the mere embellishment of his book. It was also his original intention to have inserted several more; but the great cost of engravings, finished as these have been, made it expedient to limit the number; for though profit has formed no part of the object of this work, the expenses which have been incurred in its execution, have necessarily swelled the price to an amount above what some persons

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may perhaps think the subject deserves. No pains have been spared to render the plates deserving of attention; the best engravers that could be found disengaged were employed on their own terms; and the names of the late Mr. Byrne, and of Messrs. Landseer, Middiman, J. C. Smith, Storer and Greig, appear amongst the number. The author has also availed himself of the friendly assistance of Mr. F. Nicholson, who supervised the engravings during his absence; and by whose intimate knowledge of the charming art he professes several of the subjects have been materially improved.

The engravings and the two first divisions of the work are devoted entirely to the scenery of the lake; the remaining sections are generally descriptive of the surrounding country, and a considerable part of the southern coast of Ireland. The materials were chiefly collected in the year 1800; they were augmented, at different periods afterwards, during repeated visits to Killarney, where the author has occasionally remained for several months together. It was not, however, until very lately, that he came to a determination of arranging them for the public eye: the task was undertaken for the amusement of his leisure hours; hours which, if not usefully employed, have, at least, glided agreeably away, while he was engaged in retracing those scenes which had formerly given him so much delight. That the work might have been rendered much more attractive by an abler pen, he feels very sensibly; but, whatever its imperfections may be, he lays claim, at least, to the merit of fidelity, and ventures, at the same time, to think, that he has contributed somewhat to the general stock of information which has been collected for those desirous of acquiring an intimate knowledge of the British islands.

CONTENTS.

SECTION I.

General description of the three lakes of Killarney-Mucruss—Turk

cottage and cascade.--Mines and minerals of the peninsula between the
lakes.-Geological observations.--Abbey of Irrelagh_its antiquities-
still a favourite place of burial.-Funerals of the Irish-strong expres-
sions of grief-vehemence of their passions.—Description of the islands
near Mucruss—ruins of Castle-lough-Cahirnane—Kenmare house and
gardens.--Observations on the bogs of Ireland, and the large trees found
in them.-General description of the northern shore of the great lower
lake.—Extraordinary effects of sun-set.—The Earl of Kenmare's deer-
park.—Hill of Aghadoe—its antiquities.-Ruined cathedral and abbey
-round towers great antiquity of these buildings — review of the
various theories respecting their probable uses.-Stone circle.--Ancient
fortifications near the river Flesk.-Dunloh castle-defile called Dunloh
Gap-road through it to the upper lake.-- Macarthy-more's country.

SECTION II.—Page 67.

Remarks on the navigation of the lake.—Ross-castle-some account of its
son-legendary account of the ancient prince of that name.-Innisfallen-
island-fruitful yew—monastic ruins.—Observations on the state of Ire-
land during the dark ages.—Early Irish manuscripts.-Annals of Innis-
fallen and others—specimens thereof.—Remarks on the ancient history of
Ireland.—Description of the ruins of Innisfallen.—Decline of monastic
institutions in Ireland.—Glena and Tomies mountains.-O'Sullivan's
cascade.—River Laune.—Mahony's-point.—Description of the eastern
division of the great lower lake.—Shores of Mucruss.—Glena-bay.-
Red deer wild on the mountains.-Stag hunt.—Salmon fishery.—De-
scription of Turk lake.-Excavated rocks.-Brickeen and Dinis islands.
Passage through the old weir bridge.—Description of river between
upper and middle lakes.—The Eagle's nest. —Delightful effects of musical
echoes.—Description of the upper lake—Ronayn's island-Derricunihy
cascade-Newfoundland.

siege and capture by the parliamentary army.—Ross-island —destruction
of its woods-impolicy of felling timber prematurely. -Wandering
musician-Mines of Ross—reopened lately—ancient tools found there
- Project of draining the lake.—Marble quarries. -O'Donoghoe's pri-
monly spoken.—Taste for classical learning supposed to prevail amongst
inhabitants of Kerry.-Inns and places of public accommodation-in-

SECTION III.–Page 147.

General observations on the mountains in the vicinity of the lakes–Magil-

lycuddy's reeks—their probable height_excursion to their summit, and
to that of Gheraun-tuel—Mangerton mountain—lake near its summit
called the Devil's Punch-bowl-danger arising from mists on its extended
plains.—Anecdote.—Glen of the horse.—Mineral productions of the
mountains.-Catalogue of the rarer plants.—Population of the mountains.
-Pasturage the principal occupation.—Habits and condition of the
mountaineers--their general character and appearance-boasted supe-
riority over lowlanders-extreme hospitality:--Account of a remarkable
shipwreck on the coast.

SECTION IV.- Page 177.

Town of Killarney—its extent-population-manufactures-Irish com-

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