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    "Dear Sir: I have been for the last ten days through the Counties of Limerick, Galway, Clare, and across thence to the King's County... All attempts to depict the existing state of the misery of the masses beyond the Shannon must come utterly short of the truth. All that tract of country from Killaloe to Portumna, on the Galway side of the Shannon, is lying waste and uncultivated. About three out of four of the miserable huts are unroofed. Some of the former inmates are dead, some in the union, and some few huddled together in one or two of the huts still existing. The men generally have perished." - Evening Packet.

    WS Balch, 1852
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    Detail from the Letts map of Ireland, 1883.
    Above: detail from the Mercator (1512-1594) map of Ireland. Click on the image to see a larger version.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©