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.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Two of the greatest novels of the last sixty years - The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole - have the following in common: both manuscripts were persistently rejected by publishers, and both books were published after the death of the author.




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