A Tourist's View of Ireland, by Johnnie Gray

A Tourist's View of Ireland, by Johnnie Gray

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...that its erection alone would have put the families of a whole parish into easy circumstances for a generation at least. Some 13,000 acres constitute the estate, and when Mr. Henry came here twenty years ago a good deal of this was unclaimed bog and mountain land, but thanks to a persevering industry and a large amount of hired labour, still going on, a whilom unproductive barrenness has been transformed into the brightest lawn, or meadow and arable land ot the most productive character. Mr. Henry has proved a benefactor to the neighbourhood of no ordinary kind, and Protestant as he is amidst the crudest Catholic surroundings, is on the best of terms with the peasantry, if not actually the avowed idol of his district. The Martins of Connemara, an ancient and revered family of once regal power, who owned over a quarter of a million of Irish acres--a patrimony gradually squandered or lost--and whose eventful history has often been sketched, are now no more, and our Prince Henry of Kylemore, as he might well be called, is now the uncrowned king of this fair domain. I had entertained hopes of seeing this worthy man, and hearing that he was " at home," we left the road and turned along a wellplanted private drive, and stayed by the way to inspect the handsome new memorial church which Mr. Henry is building here to the memory of his late wife. It is only small, but the money expended on it has been enormous; there were rumours abroad that it has even cost as much as the castle itself. We ascended the tower, which commands a prospect really beyond description. The interior of the building, I need only remark, is in the most exquisite taste, the beautifully-sculptured pillars of Connemara marble being a conspicuous ornament. We now sent off our...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547853
  • 9781236547859