"Some dark spot in the midst of flowing silver"

Dublin Core

Title

"Some dark spot in the midst of flowing silver"

Subject

Lough Derg--Pilgrimage--Depiction--Penny Journal

Description

A description of the lake taken from O'Connor's account of an 1836 story in the Dublin Penny Journal Count Raymond de Perilleaux's 1397 journey to the Purgatory

Creator

Daniel O'Connor, 1843-1919

Source

Daniel O’Connor, Lough Derg and Its Pilgrimages: With Map and Illustrations, p. 97

Publisher

J. Dollard, Dublin

Date

1879

Contributor

Digitised by archive.org, sponsored by Harvard University

Rights

Public domain

Format

Monograph

Language

English

Type

Pilgrim handbook

Identifier

DD_0071

Coverage

54.626894, -7.924317

References

https://archive.org/stream/loughdergandits00ocogoog/loughdergandits00ocogoog_djvu.txt

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Text

"Count Raymond, tortured in conscience for his crime, proceeded on pilgrimage to Lough Derg, in order to appease the wrath of heaven. The story graphically proceeds : — 'It was a beautiful evening in the autumn of 1397, and the flood of rich yellow light from the setting sun bathed the wooded shores of Lough Derg, tipping with gold the waves on its surface. At this time the naked hills, which now surround the lake, were covered with majestic woods of oak and beech,* and fringed with a thick copse of brushwood to the water's edge.

'The little island on which was situated St. Patrick's Purgatory, lay about a mile from the shore, resembling some dark spot in the midst of flowing silver.

* In a visit which the writer paid to Lough Derg, on the 4th September, 1877, he observed, on a portion of the mountain in the possession of a family named Gallagher, the stems and wide-spreading roots of two enormous fir trees, from above which the peaty surface had been cut. This is evidence that at a remote period, when our climate was much more temperate, large trees grew among these mountains, which are now so bare and barren."

Original Format

Monograph

Citation

Daniel O'Connor, 1843-1919, “"Some dark spot in the midst of flowing silver",” Digital Derg: A Deep Map, accessed April 21, 2024, https://digitalderg.eu/items/show/71.

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