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[Note 105.6] "The grandest folk in Erin's land, Her noble steward awaits them":- The Limerick Chronicle, 11th July 1867 reported under the headline "Excusrion on Board the Elwy" that "On yesterday, in accordance with the invitation which he had given on Tuesday, his Worship the Mayor, entertained the members of the Town Council, several private friends, as well as the heads of the various local establishments, with an excursion trip down the Shannon on hoard of his magnificent steamer the Elwy,… The time announced for the excursion to take plane was eleven o'clock, but in consequence of the dock gate not having been opened at that time, as the tide was not sufficiently high, about an hour elapsed before the steamer left the dock. During the interval the company began to assemble, and there was an immense crowd of the populace on the pier and adjoining quays, and Shen the steamer left the dock, and rounded the pier, a grand cheer arose from the multitude, which was responded to by the company on board, and the noble vessel went on her pleasant journey, amid the continued plaudits of the populace, and which had not ceased till Barrington's Quay had been passed... The splendid band of the County Limerick Militia were on board, and added very much to the enjoyments of the day, in the performance of a selection of music, comprising chiefly Irish and Scotch airs - When the Elwy had passed the dock gate the company went on board at the inner, or eastern pier, preceded by his Worship the Mayor, and the Corporation officials, the band appropriately striking up "See the Conquering Hero comes."

 

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