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This book was written for schoolchlidren in a certain area. It is an unusual area because it includes parts of counties Offaly, Tipperary and Galway, each of which lie in separate provinces. places such as Birr, Banagher, Ferbane, Eyrecourt, Kinnitty, Shinrone, Rathcabban, Clonfert, Cloghan, Shannonbridge and Lusmagh are all mentioned in this book.
This area is unuque for many reasons. The River Shannon and Grand Canal flow here. Along the banks of the Little Brosna is one of Europe’s finest bird sanctuaries. The remains of great Napoleonic fortifications are also found here. Fine castles and houses can be seen in many places. Here also three railway lines were built in the last century. All these aspects are dealt with in this book. Most important of all this area is your local environment the place where you live and grow. Reading this book will give you a greater knowledge of the place you live in and a greater awareness of it.