A height above Bantry Bay, Co. Cork, with woman, child and soldiers in the foreground. Further back, a town with tall buildings, a church and some fortifications, in front of a broad bay with sailing boats. In the distance, a sweep of mountains.
Inscribed in Image
|Subject(s)||Cities and towns, Marines, Nature, Rural life|
|Keywords(s)||Boats, Buildings, Children, Churches, Firearms, Harbours, Headgear, Peasants, Seas, Shawls, Soldiers, Trees, Women|
|Dimensions||10.8 cm x 12.5 cm|
|Published / created||1837|
|Travel Account||Ireland Picturesque and Romantic|
|Print or manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||Vol. II, facing p. 256|
|Source copy||National Library of Ireland Ir 9141 r 15|
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|Rights||Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland|
Related text from travel account
|The road from Glengariff round the bay to Bantry — for Glengariff is merely a nook of Bantry Bay — is extremely agreeable; but there are scenes at some distance to the left which the tourist, if more fortunate than myself with regard to weather, should not fail to visit, I believe, however, the best way is to proceed at once to Bantry, and thence make excursions to the Pass of Coveleagh and Gougan Barry, The Bay itself, of which a view is annexed, is a fine object. It affords excellent anchorage, and is said to be capable of containing, at one time, all the shipping of Europe. At the entrance of the harbour Bear-island interposes its protection against the fury of the Atlantic; and, with its rugged cliffs, adds considerably to the interest of the picture. There used formerly to be a valuable pilchard fishery here; but, as it is stated in Dr, Brooks' Natural History, the pilchards left the coast completely immediately after the fight between the English and French fleets in 1689. A similar occurrence, he adds, was observed in the Bay of Dublin, where the herrings were frightened away for an entire season by the guns of a pleasure yacht. [Vol. II, p. 256]