Lloyd's Tour of Clare, 1780
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Malbay, Curraghs, Dough-more, Mone-more Bog

MALBAY, equal to it’s Epithet for badness, has been for Centuries past terribly fatal to Navigators; the Northern Coast generally lin’d with astonishing Cliffs, and dreadful Rocks, together with the prodigious Swells, leaves no room for safe Anchorage, scarcely, for Vessels of any Burthen from the Harbour of GALWAY to LEAP’S HEAD, which is a Distance of near twenty Leagues; but, from the great Caution of the Wary and Experienc’d Mariner, few or no Vessels have been Wreck’d here these many Years.

There is an Artificial Curiosity made use of by certain Individuals, in the upper Part this dangerous Coast. It’s a Kind of Canoe or Currach, compos’d of Wattles, cover’d with Raw Hydes: With this Indian-like construction, they Fish successfully in the proper Season, and Paddle some Leagues out in calm Weather; in the Month of August there is often a large Squadron of them together, in the Bay of LISCANOR, and in this Fishing Posture, they appear like so many Porpoises on the Surface: Each Man carries his Wicker Boat, or Canoe, on his Back, occasionally to and from the Shore.

Midway on this Northern Course, lies DOUGH-MORE or the Sand Hills of CLOHANES, they are of great height, and a Mile long.——Annex’d to these is MONE-MORE, a wide extensive Bog, interspers’d with a Variety of Lakes, and extending from MALBAY to the SHANNON, it is about twenty Miles in Circumference, a great Part whereof is sinking and unprofitable, a Part of it good rearing for six Months; and the Part adjacent to the SHANNON, is excellent, good, Turbury, from whence the large and populous City of LIMERICK, is generally supplied with Firing throughout the Year; for this purpose there are no less than 70 or 80 large Boats usually employed to carry Turff to Market.


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