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?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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