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PREFACE.

It has been long felt that a Handbook of the Pilgrimage of Lough Derg, giving an outline of its history, an accurate description of the place, as well as an account of the penitential exercises there practised, was a work, the want of which was admitted on all hands. To supply this want, however imperfectly, the present little volume has been written.

In its compilation I have received valuable aid and information from many kind friends, to whom I owe an acknowledgment of my most heartfelt gratitude. Foremost amongst these kind friends I must mention the Rev. John O'Hanlon, M.R.I.A., but for whose assistance and advice the present publication would very likely never have been prepared for the press. I have also to express my gratitude to the Right Rev. Dr. Graves, Protestant Bishop of Limerick, for a learned article on ancient inscriptions at Lough Derg, which his lordship, with the greatest kindness and condescension, permitted me to embody in this work. I am likewise

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