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CHAPTER III. THE FATE OP GLENVEIH. Iff the remote and wild
north-west of Ireland, lashed by billows that roll from the frozen
ocean, stands ancient Tyrconnell, better known to modern ears as
the Donegal Highlands. There is probably no part of the island of
equal expanse more self-contained, or separate, as it were, from
the outer world. Nowhere else have the native population more
largely preserved their peculiar features of life and character,
custom and tradition, amidst the changes of the last two hundred
years. The eastern portion of Donegal abounds in rich and fertile
valleys, and is peopled by a different race. Two hundred and fifty
years ago all of the soil that was fair to see, that seemed worth
possessing, was handed over to " planters," or " undertakers." The
native Celts were driven VOL. II. E to the boggy wastes and
trackless hills that were too poor or too remote for settlers to
accept. Here, shut out from the busy world, their lowly lot
shielding them from many a danger, the descendants of the faithful
clansmen of " Dauntless Red Hugh" lived on. Their life was
toilsome, but they murmured not. Along the western shore, pierced
by many a deep bay, or belted by wastes pf sand, their little
sheelings nestled alongside some friendly crag, while close at hand
" the deep-voiced neighbouring ocean " boomed eternally in sullen
roar. The scenery, from Slieveleague to Malin Head, is wildly
romantic, and in some places surpassingly beautiful. There are wide
stretches of bleak and utter desolation, but ever and anon the eye
is arrested and the fancy charmed by views which Alpine regions
rarely excel. Lough Swilly? " the Lake of Shadows "?is one of the
most picturesque ocean inlets on our coasts. It steals southward
past Buncrana and historic Rathmullen,.till it r...
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