Walsh

This Irish name is actually an English language formulation meaning Welshman. In the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga, which discusses the origin of the name, the fictional Walshes come from Wales at the time of Strongbow in the twelfth century, but are actually knights of Flemish ancestry. Associated with an actual family, the Walshes of Carrickmines, this fictional family usually manages, by a series of compromises, to maintain their position in society, and even their Catholic faith, under the English Ascendancy. But sometimes this fails, with tragic consequences.




 

 

 

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Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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