To open a communication between Killalla? and
Galway?, by means of the Moy,
Loughmask?, and Loughcorrib?, was
one of the practicable projects of those who
were employed to survey the navigable rivers of Ireland in the early part of
the eighteenth century, and, if carried into effect, would have porved a
most important addition to the internal navigation of this country. They
also intended to make the Colgan?
navibable, or extend its navigation from
Galway? to the Shannon?.
Lough Corrib? might be easily rendered of extremely
important advantage to this part of the kingdom; it spreads its waters over
50700 acres, and disembogues its surplus into the bay, from
which it is but 3 miles distant.
-- Newenham. Had these great
national plans been executed at the time they were projected, Galway might
now, notwithstanding the many political disabilities under which it has
since laboured, be one of the most considerable mercantile towns in the
kingdom, instead of which, it remains, with all its natural advantages, a
melancholy monunment of the sad effects of bigotry, prejudice and persecution.