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    Loughrea, containing about 470 acres, viewed from the town or from the road to Dalyston, has a charming effect, accompanied by the wood of Coureen, and environed on the opposite side by the picturesque and ever verdant hills of Park, &c. &c which are continued almost round the lake until they touch the town of Loughrea on the south. The view of Grouse lodge, backed by the Slieubh Bogtha mountains, adds not a little to the charming effect, and the mountains close the scene in the happiest manner.
    Hely Dutton, 1824
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    Detail from Faden map of Ireland, 1798.
    Above: detail from Faden map of Ireland, 1798.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).
    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©