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    DEFINITIONS
    Galway is a large maritime county in the W. of Ireland. Its landward boundaries are Mayo, Roscommon, King's County, Tipperary, and Clare.
    The occupations of the people are mainly of an agricultural character. The county town is Galway, on Galway Bay, between which and New York a line of steamers ply - the Galway route being the shortest to North America.
    Clare ("a level piece of land") is bounded on the N. by Galway Bay and Galway; on the E. and S. by the Shannon, which separates it from Tipperary, Limerick, and Kerry; and on the W. by the Atlantic Ocean.
    The surface is diversified with mountain, valley, stream, and lake. In the E. are the Inchiquin, Slieve-Baughta, and Slieve-Barnagh Mountains: and in the W. is Mount Callan. The county possesses about 100 small lakes. The chief rivers are the Shannon and the Fergus. The coast is rocky, and in some places exhibits bold precipitous cliffs, 400 feet high.
    Alexander Reid, 1882
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    "Soul rejoining the Dead Body - from the Book of the Dead (the Egyptian Bible)" (detail), an illustration from "Traces of the elder faiths in Ireland: a folklore sketch: a handbook of Irish pre-Christian traditions" (1901) by WG Wood-Martin.
    Above: "Soul rejoining the Dead Body - from the Book of the Dead (the Egyptian Bible)" (detail),
    an illustration from "Traces of the elder faiths in Ireland: a folklore sketch: a handbook of Irish
    pre-Christian traditions" (1901) by WG Wood-Martin. Click on the image to read "County of Sligo"
    (pdf). Image source: Internet Archive.
    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).
    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©