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    From the Parish of Killaloe, County of Clare.
    Much of the ground on which we sought information, is amongst some of the highest mountains in the county of Clare. and inhabited by poor creatures who scarcely know the common comforts of civilized life. They are without decent covering by day, and almost totally without night covering. Many of the little children are absolutely naked. In this part of the parish they have been able to save very little of their turf.
    From the Parish of Feakle, County of Clare. 
    Their wearing apparel is in a very wretched state, and the bed clothes usually in the possession of persons of moderate independence, are hardly known in the neighbourhood. The people cover themselves at night with their great coats and cloaks, which are often damp, and never sufficient for warmth. They are wholly destitute of shoes, and the men and boys who must work out of doors, feel this want very severely.
    Extracts from The Ladies Correspondence on The Clothing sent to Ireland, 1823
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    Detail from Cary map of Ireland, 1799.
    Above: detail from Cary map of Ireland, 1799
    . Map © Cartography Associates, from the
    Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©