Lloyd's Tour of Clare, 1780
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Six-Mile-Bridge, Cratloe

Five Miles East of NEW MARKET lies SIX-MILE-BRIDGE, in the Barony of BUNRATTY, it is a regular, commodious, and pretty Town——here are some good Buildings, and a handsome Market-House, and from it’s situation, so naturally agreeable, it is, thro’ the Year, convenienc’d with many requisite Accommodations; this Town is saluted in its Center by the Trout-teeming River of MOUNT CASHELL.

On the same River, and within half a Mile of SIX-MILE-BRIDGE, are the Oyl-Mills, a grand, ingenious, and Mechanical Construction.

Not far from these, and within five Miles of LIMERICK adjoining the SHANNON, lies CRATLOE, whose clear and healthful situation, extensive Woods and elegant Improvements, closely bordering the SHANNON, richly merit the Commendations of the Curious.

CRATLOE Mountain, commonly call’d Gallows-Hill—forms a surmounting Prospect, and perhaps the most Romantic in Ireland—a Landscape so agreeably pleasant, that it is by far easier conceiv’d than describ’d.

From thence are visible, the great Rivers SHANNON and FERGUS, diversifyed with a variety of Islands, Angles, and Improvements for many Leagues; the flourishing City and County of LIMERICK——SLIEVE RIEGH, and BALLYHOURA in the County of CORK——a great Part of the County of TIPPERARY with it’s noted High-Lands, the GALTEES and KEEPER; Numbers of Vessels, from various Parts of the Globe, daily trading up and down the SHANNON—with an open Survey of almost this whole County, BUNRATTY (7) and that fine Barony of the Name in full View.

This Estate of CRATLOE was, for a succession of Ages, Hereditary in the Chieftain Family of the MAC NAMARAS——but at present is, by Purchase, the Property of GEORGE QUIN, of Quinsborough, near LIMERICK, Esq.

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