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.




 

 

 

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In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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