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    Sarsfield... left Limerick on the night of Sunday, the 10th of August, for Killaloe. His route lay through Harold's Cross, near Blackwater; a sweet and romantic spot, which to this day is invested with picturesque charms which are universally admired...The cavalcade passed through Bridgetown and Ballycorney, the Shannon being all the time on their right... till they reached Killaloe... passing down by Law's Fields, at the back of the town, beyond the bridge, they crossed the ford between the Pier Head and Ballyvalley. This was one of the only two fords which were on the Shannon, about Killaloe at this period — the other ford was at Clarisford. An old road ran to the Keeper mountains through the village of Ballina.

    Maurice Lenihan, 1866

    Detail from the Rand McNally map of Ireland, 1897.
    Above: detail from the Rand McNally map of Ireland, 1897.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©