Malahide

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The castle of Malahide, a few miles north of Dublin on the coast, for many centuries was the home of the Talbot family, though it is now open to the public and owned by Fingal County Council. In the first five chapters of Rutherfurd's second Irish book, the struggles of the devout, Catholic Walsh family, and their attempt to keep their faith, and their ancient lands, are to some extent modelled on the family of Talbot of Malahide.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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