Someone has been trying recently & kindly to hammer into my thick skull the nature and depth of early Irish ties with Iberia. Here’s a bleeding chunk from a piece called The City of the Tribes: Italian Memories in an Irish Port in a recently cited James Joyce anthology (Occasional, Critical, and Political Writings):
Joyce proceeds to mention streets recalling ties with Latin Europe–Madeira Street, Spaniards Walk, Velasquez Palmyra Avenue–as well as Cromwell’s letters describing Galway as the second port in the United Kingdom (sic) and the first for the Italian and Spanish trade, being almost the sole entry point for wine from Spain, Portugal, the Canaries and Italy, such that
Then there is the tragic history of Walter Lynch, only son of the mayor, James Lynch FitzStephen, who in 1493 murdered a Spaniard called Gomez who had befriended him and then his girlfriend, Agnes. His father condemned Walter to die and, when the executioner declined, hanged him himself in front of a horrified crowd.
Gomez and Lynch had their little tiff at around the time Columbus visited Galway and claimed in a note to Historia del Papa Pío II (source: Salvador de Madariaga, Vida del muy magnífico señor don Cristóbal Colón) to have encountered two shipwrecked Chinese, a man and a beautiful woman. That there were Chinese in 15th century Galway is most unlikely, but that there are many more now than there are Spanish is not in doubt. I have heard particularly good things about the Da Tang Noodle House.
- Columbus was Irish
Following up yesterday’s Galway post, and anticipating yet more “Columbus was Catalan/lesbian/a figure of speech” lunacy on Hispanidad Day tomorrow, here’s
- Adding value to Spanish olive oil
Charles Butler is doing some really interesting work down in Jaén. Check out the interview he did with an enterprising manufacturer
- The breeding and selection of the Spanish Pure Race, mainly in layer quarter note, well to be a minority layer and to obtain advantages on other layers
Rodrigo and Blas Nieto have had their horses translate their website: Along the years the selective selection carried out adquiring black products
The ogre of Burnham on Crouch.
- Professor Blumenbach of Göttingen’s views on beauty in women
T Bell, MD, Kalogynomia, or the laws of female beauty (1821): Professor Blumenbach of Göttingen, whose profound science and perfect impartiality