"You will find instead only stumps, bumps, and conquering armies of weeds, cruel in their strength"

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Title

"You will find instead only stumps, bumps, and conquering armies of weeds, cruel in their strength"

Subject

Lough Derg--Pilgrimage--Description--Alice Curtayne

Description

"Do not visit Saints' Island with expectation of finding carved stones, a clear ground plan of ancient buildings, or examples of early Christian masonry..."

Creator

Alice Curtayne, 1898-1981

Source

Curtayne, Alice, Lough Derg: St. Patrick’s Purgatory, p. 24

Publisher

Burns Oats and Washbourn, Ltd., London and Dublin

Date

1944

Rights

Citation for the purposes of criticism

Format

Monograph

Language

English

Type

History

Identifier

DD_0130

Coverage

54.6153, -7.8864

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Text

"Do not visit Saints' Island with expectation of finding carved stones, a clear ground plan of ancient buildings, or examples of early Christian masonry. There is nothing of the kind to be seen. You will find instead only stumps, bumps, and conquering armies of weeds, cruel in their strength. Pillaged now of whatever memorials it once had, the island has only a few trees scattered over its surface: rowans and hawthorns, not remarkable except that they are thickly draped with green-grey lichen; no holy well could have its surrounding bushes so festooned with rag-offerings as are those hoary trees with their lichen garlands. For the rest, briars are in possession, leaping unchecked almost from end to end of the island, to the exasperation of archaeologists, who indeed have shown a distaste for this venerable, but forbidding, ground. Even the famous antiquarian, O'Donovan, gave it only scant attention."

Original Format

Monograph

Citation

Alice Curtayne, 1898-1981, “"You will find instead only stumps, bumps, and conquering armies of weeds, cruel in their strength",” Digital Derg: A Deep Map, accessed January 28, 2021, https://digitalderg.eu/items/show/147.

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