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By the same Author,
In small 8vo, with Illustrations, price 7s. 6d.
A TOUR IN CONNAUGHT
Comprising Sketches of
CLONMACNOISE, JOYCE COUNTRY, AND ACHILL.
SKETCHES IN IRELAND,
INTERESTING PORTIONS OF THE COUNTIES
DONEGAL, CORK, AND KERRY.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “A TOUR IN CONNAUGHT.”
SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED.
9, UPPER SACKVILLE-STREET.
ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS,
Dublin: Printed by John S. FOLDS, 5, Bachelor's-walk.
The author being called on by his publishers for a second edition of his “Sketches in Ireland,” feels happy in having the opportunity of recalling the observation he had made in his former preface, namely, “that Ireland was an unfashionable country to travel in.” This, however true twelve years ago, is certainly not so now—for at present multitudes of tourists pass along, and to meet the new demand they have created, not only smooth and convenient roads are perfected, but comparatively comfortable hotels and modes of getting forward are at hand, which were altogether out of the question when the writer of these sketches felt himself obliged to claim the always ready hospitality of the clergy and gentry residing in the unfrequented lines of country through which
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
he ventured to travel. This work, therefore, cannot now be called “A Tour through hitherto unnoticed districts of Ireland”—for many a tourist has looked forth from the summit of Lough Salt mountain, on the singularly wide-spread prospect of land and ocean thence presented to his view—or admired the rich variety of rocks, woods, waterfalls and glens, that the vallis aspera of Glengariff supplies.
Besides, there is now no lack of descriptive books; for it may be asserted that within the last twelve years, upwards of twenty writers have thought well of enlightening the public respecting our physical, social, and political state, and not only British, but French and German travellers, have told the world where we are wrong and how we may be made right. Now, without at all deciding whether any or each of these authors observed carefully, described accurately, or speculated soundly, it may be allowed that in the multitude of these counsellors there must be much wisdom and therefore, it is hazardous in Messrs. Curry and Co. to throw such a stale work as mine before the public, when so much of fresher fare is