Sunny Side of Ireland (1895)

Second Edition. Re-written and Enlarged.

THE SUNNY SIDE OF IRELAND.

HOW TO SEE IT BY The Great Southern and Western Railway.

BY JOHN O’MAHONY.

1895

With Seven Maps and over 160 Illustrations.

AND A CHAPTER ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AND WEST OF IRELAND, BY R. LLOYD PRAEGER, B.A., B.E., &c.

ALEX. THOM & CO. (Limited), 87, 88, & 89, Abbey Street, DUBLIN.

No visitor to Galway will fail to find out the Claddagh. It is the most conservative community in Ireland, and with them neither old times are changed nor old manners gone. The colony inhabit a number of low-thatched cottages apart from the town. They live mostly by fishing. The Claddagh women dress in blue cloaks and red petticoats, and their rings, which visitors procure as keepsakes, represent two hands holding a harp. Hardman, in his “Rare History of Galway,” wrote of them as follows:—

“The colony, from time immemorial, has been ruled by one of their own body, periodically elected, who is dignified with the title of Mayor, regulates the community according to their own peculiar laws and customs, and settles all their fishery disputes. His decisions are so decisive and so much respected that the parties are seldom known to carry their differences before a legal tribunal or to trouble the civil magistrates.”

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