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    Scariff (The), a rivulet of the north-western district of the county of Clare, Munster. It issues from Lough Teroig, on the mutual boundary of Clare and Galway; runs 3¼ miles south-west to Lough Graney; is lost, for 2 miles southward, in that lake; runs 4 miles south-southeastward thence to Lough O'Grady; and, after reissuing from that lake, proceeds 3¾ miles eastward, past the villages of Scariff and Tomgraney, to the head of Scariff bay, in Lough Derg. It usually bears the name of the Graney river above Lough O'Grady; and its principal affluents are the Loughrea rivulet at the foot of Lough Graney, and the Cloghaun rivulet into the head or west end of Lough O'Grady.

    Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland, 1845

    Detail from Letts map of Ireland, 1883.
    Above: detail from Letts map of Ireland, 1883.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

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

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©