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
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She was one Thursday at the market of Enniscorthy, when what did she see walking among the tubs of butter but the Dark Man, very hungry-looking, and taking a scoop out of one tub and out of another. ‘Oh, sir,’ says she, very foolish, ‘I hope your lady is well, and the baby.’ ‘Pretty well, thank you,’ says he, rather frightened like. ‘How do I look in this new suit?’ says he, getting to one side of her. ‘I can’t see you plain at all, sir,’ says she. ‘Well, now?’ says he, getting round her back to the other side. ‘Musha, indeed, sir, your coat looks no better than a withered dock-leaf.’ ‘Maybe, then,’ says he, ‘it will be different now,’ and he struck the eye next him with a switch. Friends, she never saw a glimmer after with that one till the day of her death.

The Fairy Nurse

Andrew Lang, The Lilac Fairy Book

(Source: anachronisticfairytales)


Officers of 37th New York Infantry
The 37th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment or the “Irish Rifles” was formed accepted by the State on May 25, 1861, and organized in New York City. The regiment mustered in the service of the United States on June 6 and 7, 1861 for two years of service to June 22, 1863.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 3 officers, 52 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 24 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 1 officer, 57 enlisted men; total, 6 officers, 113 enlisted men; aggregate, 119; of whom 2 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
Digital ID: (digital file from original item) ppmsca 34054 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.34054
Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-34054 (digital file from original item) LC-B8184-7976 (b&w film copy neg.)
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Hound: A Celtic Myth set in Ancient Ireland


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Illustrator unknown
Brian Ború
c. 1950
From Dréimire an Léinn (Rang A Cheathair) by Bríd Bean Oireachtaigh
Not TECHNICALLY myth, but look at the horned helmets on that Viking. And the media bias in that story. 
This is from an old primary school book, I’d like to thank Cormac from IrishMemory for this. He posts visual delicacies on his twitter too.


One of the earliest named Irish woman poets is Eibhlin Dubh Ni Chonaill

The story of Art O Laoire would probably have been forgotten long ago, but for the Caoineadh which was composed over his body at the Wake, by Eibhlin Dubh.  Keening the dead, was an old tradition, and the Keen itself followed a well established pattern.

The Lament and translation: http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/Poetry/NiChonaill1.html#NiChonaillArtOLearyIrish

Background and context: http://homepage.eircom.net/~sosul/page56.html

In my opinion it gives us freedom, not the ultimate freedom that all nations desire and develop to, but the freedom to achieve it.
Michael Collins on the Anglo-Irish Treaty

(Source: greatliteraryquotations)


Very Short Fact: Irish History, fenianism

Fenianism was the general term for organizations founded in Ireland and America in 1858/59 which were variously known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood, or simply and perhaps more ominously as ‘the Organization’. It was a secret, revolutionary grouping (organized in ‘cells’ and ‘circles’) under whose roof sheltered a number of influences and objectives which were bound by their Anglophobia, their disgust at self-seeking and ineffective Irish MPs, and their militant commitment to an Irish Republic.

[p. 49, Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction, by Senia Paesta]
Image credit: The Irish Fenian Executive. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.