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Bradshaw’s Guide

Clones to Armagh and Belfast

Taking our departure from Clones, and in a direction parallel with the Ulster Canal, the little village of Smithborough, associated in some measure with the manufacture of spades, shortly presents itself. A distance of about 4 miles further brings us to the town of

County Monaghan : Monaghan

This town was built by the Blaneys in 1611, and has a population of about 3,484, who are principally shop-keepers.

Glasslough, Tynan, and Killylea stations.

County Armagh : Armagh

This is the seat of the primacy of Ireland and a city, returning one member. It is well seated on Druira Sailech near the Callan, and originated, it is said, in a church and college founded by St. Patrick, in 435, which became a celebrated school of learning.

Richhill (where Fairs are held on Shrove Tuesday, July 26th, October 15th). Portadown Junction.

Ulster Main Line continued

Lurgan, a telegraph station, which had a castle, burnt in 1641, and rebuilt in 1690, and where Markets are held on Fridays, and Fairs the 2nd Thursday in every month, August 5th, and November 22nd.

County Down : Moira

Here is Moira Castle, the seat of the Hastings family, and the birth place of the first Marquis, the gallant Earl Moira.

On leaving this we are immediately transferred to the County of Antrim.

County Antrim : Lisburn

Lisburn, 8 miles from Belfast, up the Lagan, is a pretty thriving seat of the linen trade, which was first introduced by the French Huguenots (Protestants), driven out of France in 1685, by Louis XIV.’s revocation of the Edict of Nantes.

Passing Dunmurry, where are the remains of walls, and Dunmurry House, the seat of W. Hunter, Esq., we arrive at Balmoral, and soon after at

County Antrim : Belfast

This is the great seat of the Irish linen trade, and the capital of Ulster, in Antrim county, at the mouth of the Lagan.

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