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The salmon of Lough Derg
"There is one strange fact connected with this lake - no salmon come into it, though they come up to the very point where the River Derg escapes out of it…"
The monster guards a crock of gold
"The same or a similar monster inhabits the lake yet (still) and was seen not many months ago. It guards a crock of gold which lies buried in the ancient island of the Purgatory…"
Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the worm of Lough Derg
O'Donovan's account from a local of the origin of Lough Derg's name in a story from the Fenian Cycle
Davog was a woman?
"Now let me at my old antagonist Oral tradition: The chair of Davog lies in the townland of Suidhe Dhabheog (Seeavoge) where in the living rock some impressions of elbows &c are strewn. Davog was a woman, who came to make the turas but she died…
A 1603 description of Lough Derg
"An inquisition taken at Donegal in the 1st year of [James I in 1603] may throw some light upon the time of this removal: In the parts of Ulster near the territory calle O'Donnell's Countrie, are the walls and monuments of a certain Monastery or…
"In media lacus"
"This shews that Saints island is the one on which the monastery, because the present station does not contain 10 acres. There is however a mistake in the phrase 'in media lacus' for Saints island is very near the land…"
John O'Donovan catches a cold
"I visited the far famed terrestrial purgatory of Lough Derg, but received no benefit from my turas except a severe cold, which I attribute more to the wet mountain bogs that surround the lake, and to the chillyness (chilliness) of the wind than to…
"Though my letters are wild as the mountains in which they were written"
"Though my letters are wild as the mountains in which they were written, still do I feel myself very sober in thought, and exceedingly (excessive) in love with truth even to the prejudice of all national feelings…"
Oral history and facts
A debate over the reliability of oral history, in which O'Donovan cites the heterogeneity of County Donegal local stories
The Pettigo River
"The Pettigo river rises about 5 miles north of Pettigo and runs in a southerly direction about a mile north of the village..."