Wild sports in Ireland by John BickerdykeWild sports in Ireland by John Bickerdyke

Wild sports in Ireland

byJohn Bickerdyke

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897. Excerpt: ... "Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground; long heath, brown furze, anything: The wills above be done! but I would fain die a dry death," The Tempest. "Yet a greater space To us had been grace, For still as we neared the shore, The wild white roll of the waves on the shoal Roared round us more and more, Roared out, in a ring around us, You might see them fore and aft, On ragged ledge, And splintered edge, All mad to dash our craft." Edwin Arnold. CHAPTER XIV. "TEMPEST TOSS'D." I Was staying for a week in a house on the borders of the lake, and was curious to know the reason a great bar of wood about six inches square stood in a corner of my bedroom. "Faith, whin it blows," said Eileen, "wouldn't the winders be bursht in if we didn't place an obstrooksion across thim same?" I found afterwards that every window on the south-west side of the house was furnished with a similar bar for use whenever the Atlantic sent the lake one of its periodic gales. I am afraid I rather laughed at this excess of caution, which was particularly noteworthy in such a happy-go-lucky country, where the people love to "run chance "--to use an Irishism. Large lakes are usually reputed stormy places, but those who visit them in spring and summer are apt to take a certain discount off the stories told by the natives of the fierce tempests which sometimes rage over waters then so softly rippling. But though months may pass without the Storm-King waving his wand over this or that lake, sooner or later comes a tempest the mere memory of which makes strong men shudder. Lough Derg is certainly one of the most wind-swept sheets of water in Ireland. Storms tear across the Atlantic unchecked, whirl in and out and round about the mountains and higher moorlands ...
Title:Wild sports in IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021714876X

ISBN - 13:9780217148764