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    "Has the eye been torn out of my head, giolla?" said the king. [Eochaidh]
    "Woe is me!" said the servant, "Red is the lough with thy blood."
    "Therefore the name shall triumph," said he, "namely, Dergderc = Redlough."

    It is an interesting fact that between Tulla and Lough Derg in East Clare a well at Fortanne is credited with healing blindness. The moss of the well is used to wash the eyes. (Journal R.S.A.I., XLI, pp. 7, 19). Healing-wells are common all over Ireland, but in this particular case there is probably some recollection of Eochu's story behind the belief about this well situated in the very heart of "Coiced Echach mac Luchta."

    Margaret E. Dobbs (1917)
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    Detail from SDUK (Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge) map of Ireland, 1838.
    Above: detail from SDUK (Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge) map of Ireland, 1838.
    Click on the map to view a larger version.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©