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614Ballina Chronicle; Jan 23, 1850 "Scenery at Belfast"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Dec 4, 2004
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, January 23, 1850

      SCENERY AT BELFAST
      The summit of the Cavehill commands a sweep of great extent on every side; and,
      on a summer afternoon, when the sun's rays sparkle on the distant waters of
      Lough Neagh, Lough Strangford and the Channel, yields one of the most superb
      views in our islands. The busy town beneath, with its river, covered with shops
      of many flags and every form, gradually widening into Belfast Lough, and the
      latter losing itself between the Copeland and the Maiden Islands in the Channel,
      with the Scottish hills in Galloway for a back ground to the east, or the same
      river, winding its course up the fertile valley to Lisburn, now lost for a long
      distance, to be again revealed between corn fields or through trees in a narrow
      line of silvery brightness, and its densely-peopled banks, away from the ocean
      to its source, studded with little towns and numerous villas, catching the eye
      amid its many cottages, sometimes clustered round a tall chimney or gathered
      together at the corners of bleaching fields, that seem, even in July, to have a
      covering of snow; or over the Castlereagh hills, on the South-east, to Lough
      Strangford, with its many islands chequering its wide-expanses of water,
      surrounded by many pleasant villages, so hidden and out of the way of the world
      as scarcely to be known; or the sharp and distant summits of the Mourne
      mountains, raised by their Maker like a barrier between the dark South and the
      black North; or the corner of wide Lough Neagh and the Bann river, carrying away
      its waters to the North, and the Derry Mountains closing on the scene to the
      West.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/