O Ireland isn't it grand you look--
Like a bride in her rich adornin?
And with all the pent-up love of my heart
I bid you the top o' the mornin!
-John Locke

My old Mayo woman told me one day that something very bad had come down the road and gone into the house opposite, and though she would not say what it was, I knew quite well. Another day she told me of two friends of hers who had been made love to by one whom they believed to be the Devil. One of them was standing by the roadside when he came by on horseback, and asked her to mount up beside him, and go riding. When she would not he vanished. The other was out on the road late at light waiting for her young man, when something came flapping and rolling along the road up to her feet. It had the likeness of a newspaper, and presently it flapped up into her face, and she knew by the size of it that it was the Irish Times. All of a sudden it changed into a young man, who asked her to go walking with him. She would not, and he vanished.

I know of an old man too, on the slopes of Ben Bulben, who found the Devil ringing a bell under his bed, and he went off and stole the chapel bell and rang him out.

"The Devil", from The Celtic Twilight by W.B. Yeats

(Source: demoniality)


A page of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake with spellcheck turned on.
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Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s Pirate Queen by Walter Baumhofer (Illustration for The Lady Was a Pirate from the May, 1957 issue of Argosy)

March 6, 1988: Mairéad Farrell, Irish republican and socialist, was shot dead by the British SAS on this day along with two comrades in Gibraltar.
"Everyone tells me I’m a feminist. All I know is that I’m just as good as others, and especially that means men. I am definitely a socialist and I’m definitely a Republican. I believe in a united socialist country. Capitalism can offer our people nothing and yet that’s the main interest of the British in Ireland. "
Via Comrade Brad

No freedom until women’s freedom

James Joyce + his bae and kids
A Tale of Irish Americans at Thornbury Historical Society | Historical Society of Pennsylvania

No. Just no.

just to clarify, the guy driving it was born in Ireland and moved here later in life.  he has a facebook fan page for his car so I checked when I got home.