Darna (or Pauliina, if you must). 26. Finnish. INFJ/INTP.|
Raised by wolves and born on Halloween.
Occasional librarian. Once and future bookstore clerk. Part-time museum guide. Lifelong student.
Ardent lover of:
art, books, classic rock, comics, dancing, filmscores, history, Ireland, languages, larp, movies, music in general, mythology, nature, paranormal phenomena, period dramas, philosophy, poetry, psychology, tea, traveling, video games.
More about me.
Currently airing shows:
The Borgias, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Elementary, Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Vikings.
Shows no longer airing:
Alias, Angel, Band of Brothers, Being Human (original British version, s1-3), BtVS, Farscape, Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars (again, the original), Sanctuary, Veronica Mars, The X-Files.
My truths of life
100 facts about me
Pádraig Pearse (via oaken-shield)
Five years ago now. I miss this.
Words! Mere Words!
No Other Troy, W.B. Yeats
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland (by Maximilian Pilz)
I miss Ireland.
(April 2008 with missevilove)
Aran Island children on the way to school. The boys wore skirts due to a local belief that the Sidhe (people from the underworld) snatched male infants more often than females.
(Maybe I’ve read too much fiction with faeries, but I’m pretty sure the Sídhe don’t care about the silly fashion conventions of silly mortals and just abduct the ones who look prettiest.)
Grafton Street is one of my favourite places in Dublin.
It is being “upgraded”. The red brick paving is going to be replaced by horrible modern grey ones. All bollards and lamp posts etc are going to be replaced with modern ones.
It is going to take at least a year, and will cost about €4 million.
Fucking waste of time and it will ruin the whole vibe that is on Grafton Street and I hate everyone.
I’m in a really moany mood and I am probably going to just complain about the Irish government for the next while.
Oh no no no no NO. :(
W.B. Yeats, In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz (via mixtapes)
Here are some facts about the man behind everyone’s favorite corrupted feast day:
- He might have been two people
- One of those people was Welsh
- The other was possibly French (or, well, Gaulish)
- That one pretty much did jack on his mission
- There had been Christianity in Ireland before either French dude or Welsh dude due to contact with Britain and other semi-Christianized outposts of the Roman empire. Give credit where credit is due (not to him)
- He did not banish the snakes from Ireland, as there have never been snakes to banish
- He is also the patron saint of Nigeria
- The Welsh one’s surviving letters are quite interesting
- He mentions that early Christianity was very attractive to women (see also Itinerarium Egeriae, the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, etc)
- He also mentions that he wanted to leave Ireland and go home.
- Or even to Gaul. Gaul would be acceptable.
- He would probably be really annoyed at all the debauchery going on in his name
- Really, really annoyed
- He’s a saint, did you expect another reaction
LGBTQ* People You Should Know
The Lavender Leaders of the Emerald Isle
-Irish LGBTQ* Individuals You Should Know-
Kate O’Brien (1897-1974)
Born in Limerick, receiving her education at University College in Dublin, O’Brien parted ways from her husband as she became more comfortable with her lesbian identity. Her first novel, Without My Cloak (1931), won the Hawthornden and James Tait Black prizes in literature. Her following novels would later focus on the struggle of Catholic views and individual freedom for women when paired again the role of family and maintaining society’s standards.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Still considered one of the wittiest playwrights of all time, Oscar Wilde made a name for himself with his quick-paced, sarcastic works which mimicked the very patrons who drove to purchase tickets.
Wilde is often remembered most for his trial. How did it all begin? Ironically(?)
Wilde sued the marquees of Queensberry after Queensberry called Wilde a sodomite (Wilde was having an affair with Queensberry’s son, Lord Douglas). After taking Queensberry to court for libel (and after losing the trial) the government then came after Wilde for “crimes against nature.” Wilde would go on to lose again, being sentenced to two years of hard labor.
Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916)
Casement was actively involved in the nationalist movement from a young age. He joined the Irish military during WWI and assisted in securing aid for the Irish through the war.
Casement is most known for his writings. In a series of his work, he brought light to the plantation owners in the Congo and the acts carried out against unrepresented workers. He is also known for his diaries which he chronicled his love affairs with men throughout his travels and the world.
Casement was hanged for treason, seeking Independence for all and refusing to be shamed by his homosexual history.
Incredibly delighted that Casement is on this list. He deserves oceans more recognition and honour than he gets now
(via Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland - Imgur)
Celtic Harp - Symbol and Meaning. Based on the ancient lyre, the Irish harp is one of the world’s oldest instruments. The ancient Irish kings employed harpist to entertain them. At one sad point in Irish history conquering invaders made it illegal to posses an Irish harp and set out to burn every harp in Ireland in an attempt to kill the “Irish spirit”. Greatly honored, the harp is the national emblem of Ireland.
But it did inspire me to create my own. My first attempt at a motivational poster. Ladies, you’re welcome.
…I still think Jonathan, Cillian and Stuart would make a badass trio of Unseelie faerie knights if anyone ever films Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
The library at Trinity university in Dublin. (Photo by Sean Yates)
I knew I recognized those arches. Long Room. ♥
The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a “sword in the stone” kingship ritual. The perpetuation of the importance of the “sword in the stone,” which comes from Arthurian legend, demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.