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The royalties and fishery of Lough Neagh weregranted
7511135 ’ ate the Earl of Donegall, under the name of Lough Sidney
194]: nor Lough Chichester, and they are held in lease byithe
now .Viscounts A Massareen, ‘or. their representatives. "l‘lie
N1’-13 species of fish which visit .periodically.arefthe salmon and ‘
.,eel ,- there are others which are permanent inhabitants,
ipietl vizuthe bodach or‘ churl, some of which arefound to
who weigh upwards of thirty pounds; its flesh is of aideep
lend, red, and has an excellent relish. The p’ollan,' or fresh‘-
plan vi .water herring, called by the English the shad, or mother
,tl".e of herrings, is taken here in great quantities : it is scaled
rhea, and shaped like a herring, but "the back is of"a lighter
Crity blue, and the hcadjsmaller and more pointed: itiis found
dig. in Lough -Erne, in the county of Fermanagh, but not in
im , , such abundance, and several have been taken in the rivers
rm, Tlxames and Seve-m,vand‘it has been asserted that " one
me -.was caught. in-tl1e Lifl‘ey near Dublin.
fa. 'I‘here are besides, pike,-trout, roach,‘and brearn,'in
ml ‘great abundance, and they are easily taken; and finally, the
of salmo alpinus or charr, which was supposed peculiarly
to inhabit the English lakes, frequents this great lakealso.
his lVe had occasion to mention the occurrenccof this species
ute of fish in our Guide to the County of VVicklow, and refer
Ely the reader to the article upon Lough Dan for whatever
.ve information it was deemed expedient to afford upon either
am its natural history, or place of existence in the British
53, ' Islands. ’ r ' .
M There are two’ extraordinary properties of this immense i
sheet of water, yet untold, viz. its healing and petrifying fl t pmxxzx
‘,3 qualities. '1‘he first of these I take to be fabulous ; but ‘. let“
it, as very grave and learned naturalists have not l1esitate'd r
,1.‘ tomcntion this property, I shall quote their words, with-
h. out ranching for their authenticity: “ The healing pro-