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    DEFINITIONS the centre of Ireland, several isolated areas of Silurian grits and slates occur, cropping out from beneath the newer strata which surround them; they form groups of low hills which overlook a wide extent of the adjoining country, the latter being flat and low-lying. In these hills, therefore, is exhibited the phenomenon of rocks, stratigraphically lower and older, forming the higher ground.
    Such tracts - inliers - denuded of their former covering, are to be seen at Rooskey, Longford, and Chair of Kildare, as well as in Slieve Bloom hills in Queen's County; Slieve Aughty, Slieve Bernagh, and Cratloe hills in Clare; Slieve Arra, Keeper Hills, Galtees and Slievenaman in Tipperary, Limerick, and Kilkenny, and a large area lying to the west of Waterford.

    JR Kilroe, 1907

    Detail from the Fullarton map of Ireland, 1872.
    Above: detail from the Fullarton map of Ireland, 1872.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©