We left Cachel and breakfasted at Solohoye 44eight miles on our way, having remained six days at Cachel, owing to the Rev. Father Ryan, who took us, with the two Spanish Doctors to visit at many of his friends' houses about the town.
From Solohoye, we arrived at Limmerick, the strongest fortress in Ireland.45 It has a castle, and a harbour, where large vessels can anchor; the quay is very fine. The river is called Jones.46 There is a house of Jesuits, and convents of Dominicans47
p.25and Soccolantes.48 In this city there are great numbers of profligate women; which I could not have believed, on account of the climate.49
Tam Neuel Tom Neville with whom I had joined in company at Doublin to perform this journey, was caught by the artifice of these damsels, who robbed him one night of his money. In the morning he came to throw himself at my feet, saying, O my good French gentleman, until now I have not made myself known to you; I implore you to credit what I assert, and not to abandon me. Know then that I am a native of Korq that by travelling in France, Spain, and England, for the last ten or twelve years I had been enabled to accumulate sufficient from my industry in trade, to make an honourable50 retreat from business; when unfortunately I embarked again in the same pursuits, and having taken ship for England, fell into the hands of the Parliamentarians, who took from me all I had. With difficulty was I able to save some rings, by the sale of which I have got as far as this City, and as misfortune never comes alone, I have again been robbed last night of the little remaining to me; so that I have no hope except in your kindness, and though I am distant but three days journey51 from
p.27my native place, I find myself in a state of destitution. For the remainder, fear not to trust me, as my father is one of the richest merchants in Korq; his dwelling resembles rather a palace than a private house. If you pass that way, you would see how he would receive you; he, and all my relations. You must have seen by my conduct since I have had the honour of being in your company that I am no sharper.
I told him that he should want nothing to enable him to return to his native place. While I have any money you shall share it with me; we must look on the misfortunes we are visited by from above, as sent for our correction. You ought to have made this reflection, and your first misfortune would have shielded you from your subsequent calamity.
We left Limmerik, and came to breakfast at Chamdelesse [ ] eight miles off. Half a league from this castle is the birth place of Mr. Dulée (Daly?).52 Doctor of Sorbonne, and Professor in the University of Paris. Many worthy persons made enquiry after him. Then we dined at Malagué Kilmallock53 and slept in a castle; distant sixteen miles from Limmerik.
The next day we slept at Castlemagner,54 thirteen miles, a small town, whence we went to dine at Mala Mallow, a considerable fortress,55 and having performed thirteen miles slept at Korq that evening.
Having arrived here, Tam Neuel Tom Neville of whom I have before spoken, led me to his father's house. He knocked at the door, when a well looking man appeared, and demanded what we wanted. Tam Neuel desired to know whether John Neuel was at home. The man replied, that he knew no such person. Neuel insisting that the house belonged to the person for whom he had asked, was told, that it belonged to an English captain, who had it on the seclusion of the Catholics from the town.56 He was surprised to find events so deplorable had occurred to his family. I sympathised with him, and observed since things were thus, we must seek a lodging, as the night was coming on. O Mister Frenchman, he said, you cannot
p.29without injustice refuse to repair to the house, if not of my father, at least of some other relation. I have uncles in the town, where we shall be welcome. We found out one of them, and by him were received with all imaginable kindness, and Neuel learned that his father had lost in the religious wars more than £10,000 sterling,57 and had been obliged to fly to the country, to avoid the tyranny of the English Protestants.
I remained eight days in this house in the midst of continual festivity; and on taking leave to pursue my travels, they thanked me for the assistance I had rendered to Tam Neuel, and in spite of all I could do, repaid me the money I had furnished for his expenses from Limerick.58
A mile from Korq is a well called by the English Sunday spring, or the fountain of Sunday, which the Irish believe is blessed and cures many ills. I found the water of it extremely cold.59 Opposite this well to the south of the sea, are the ruins of a monastery founded by Saint Guillabé; there is a cave which extends far under the ground, where they say, that Saint Patrick resorted often for
p.30prayer.60 In one of the suburbs of Korq there is an old tower ten or twelve feet in circumference, and more than one hundred feet high,61 which they conscientiously believe to have been built by Saint Baril Finbarr without lime or stone,62 to prove by this miracle his religion; then it was lopped or half destroyed by the same saint, who jumped from the top to the bottom of it, and imprinted the mark of his foot on a flint stone, where the old women go with great devotion to say their prayers.