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English: Portlaw is a town in County Waterford, Ireland. Situated some 19 km west-north-west of Waterford City on the River Suir, it was once the home of a very successful cotton mill employing most of the town's population. The mill was built by the Malcomson family. The Malcomsons were a Quaker family, and their religious ideals impacted greatly on the town, with industrial houses and social networks built as part of the planned town still forming a central part of the streetscape today. The Malcomsons were one of the most influential families connected to Irish planned industrial towns, through marriage they became connected to Quakers who designed Bessbrook in Northern Ireland, with Portlaw truss roofs being built into Bessbrook houses as a result. The town's Main Street has a bakery, butcher, grocery, bars, a Heritage Centre and Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland churches. Portlaw's economy is not as strong as it once was; many residents now look for work in nearby Waterford City instead of taking on more traditional jobs such as farming and cotton production.
Français : Portlaw (en irlandais Port Cladach) est une ville du comté de Waterford, en République d'Irlande, située à une quinzaine de kilomètres à l'ouest de Waterford le long de la rivière Clodiagh. Le nom de Portlaw pourrait provenir du saxon "lagh" (colline) ou se référer à l'irlandais "claddagh" (berge sableuse).
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