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Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839
Inis Cathaig Island (b)
The Domliag of Inis Cathaigh affords a clear proof that the pointed
doorways and lancet and shamrock-headed windows found in Irish Churches
are not original,
but on this subject I shall speak at full length when I come to treat of the
island and its history. Has Mr. Petrie seen the Round Tower of this Island?
It is built in a very rude style, and its doorway is as low as the
of the field on which it stands; but for many reasons I cannot at all incline
my mind to believe that this is the original doorway. Has Mr. Petrie ever seen
a Map of Scattery Island similar to the one given by Ware of Clonmacnoise and
Lough Derg? Or does he believe that such a Map exists or could be obtained?
There is no ancient inhabitant at present on the island and the ancient
names of the
Churches are forgotten. I do not know how this defect (void) can be remedied
(filled up) unless some ancient Map can be obtained?