National Geographic : 1927 Mar
IRELAND: THE ROCK WHENCE I WAS HEWN Photograph by Clifton Adams TIlE CASCADE OF THE INAGII RIVER BELOW ENNISTIMON, COUNTY CLARE The fisherman in the foreground has just caught a five-pound salmon. At Muckross the fantastic cliffs will hold you. In that one named the Market House you will see a blood brother of the rock out of which the African sculptor hewed the fearsome Sphinx. In Donegal you will see the desolate Rosses, a tangle of small lakes and great granite bowlders, and he who loses his way in that desert by night is the most luck less of beings. The great mountain of Donegal is Errigal, and its white cap is not snow but white quartz. From its top, on a fair day, you can see the Scottish Hebrides, Islay and Jura, floating on the water like young brown gulls. LEGEND AND LITERATURE ENHANCE INTEREST OF MANY SPOTS From Horn Head, sometimes out of a mist will emerge the rocky battlements of Tory Island, like something evoked by an enchanter's wand. The roar of the At lantic crashing into that cavern known as MacSwine's Gun will shake the stoutest heart. Belfast is about as Irish a city as Pais ley is. It is of no antiquity and, except for commerce, of no importance; but within easy reach of it are the blue Mourne Mountains, the great Dun of Downpatrick, where the country folk say that St. Patrick, St. Brigit, and St. Col umkille are all three buried. Near Castle Upton are some ruined buildings of the Knights Templars, of in terest to all Children of the Widow as a minor establishment founded by the Knights who escaped to Harris. At Antrim is the greatest round tower of Ireland, nearly an hundred feet high (see page 268). Near the town is Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles, bordered with orchards. At Ballinderry Jeremy Taylor wrote his most important works, and near it, at Whiteabbey, Anthony Trollope wrote his autobiography. Near Carrickfergus, at Kilroot, Dean Swift had a living for a small time. North of Belfast, at Lame, where some i, C-:l-. . .9::'~~~~~". -. I.-:".' Ir clx."x"