Selma Mansion

If ever a house looked like it was haunted, it would be the Selma Mansion in Norristown, PA. Built in 1794 by General Andrew Porter around an existing structure on his property, the mansion was named “Selma” after the Gaelic word for “highest point.” In 1821 the property was sold to the Knox family, who lost many relatives within the house to disease. In 1984, the last remaining owner of the Selma property sold many of the precious historical artifacts from the house, including Civil War uniforms, leaving the house mostly empty. Selma Mansion is now in a state of disrepair, but it is currently under restoration by the Norristown Preservation Society. 

The Selma Mansion is also currently inhabited by a family of ghosts, complete with servant staff. The original service bells to summon the staff still ring frequently for no explainable reason, as does the electronic buzzer installed in the 1980s, the wires to which had been disconnected long ago. The sounds of people running up and down the servant steps are often heard, as well as fast-paced footsteps throughout the entire house. Whispers have been heard by visitors as well as captured on EVP. Multiple intelligent EVPs have also been captured, and shadow figures have been seen moving throughout the house. Visitors have also reported seeing figures in the windows, moving around inside when no one was supposed to be there. 

Kathleen Clarke née Daly – The Women of 1916

Kathleen Clarke née Daly was born on 11 April 1878 in Limerick. She was the third child of the ten children born to Edward Daly and his wife Catherine née O’Mara. The Daly family had a strong history in Nationalistic circles. Her father was a Fenian who had taken part in the Fenian Rising in 1867. His uncle, John Daly, had also taken part in the Fenian Rising and shared a cell with Kathleen’s future husband Thomas Clarke.

Kathleen met Thomas when he came to Limerick after being released from prison. Though he was 20 years older than her, she admired his patriotism and dedication to nationalist principles. They married 16 July 1901, after she joined him in New York. They would have three children together. While Tom worked with Clan na Gael, the American branch of the Fenian movement, Kathleen joined the Gaelic League.

The Clarke family moved back to Dublin in November 1907 so that Tom could help reinvigorate the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). The tobacconist shop they opened in Dublin became a front for IRB activities. Kathleen was such an intricate part of the planning for the Easter Rising in 1916 that the IRB entrusted her with rebuilding the organisation of the Rising failed. Though she was a founding member of Cumman na mBan, she did not participate directly in the Rising.

After the surrender of the Volunteers on 29 April Kathleen’s husband and brother Edward Daly were arrested, tried, and sentenced to be executed. She visited them at Kilmainham Gaol before their executions. The stress and sorrow led to her miscarriage of the child she was carrying a few weeks later.

After the Rising Kathleen worked with Michael Collins to rebuild the IRB. She joined the newly formed Sinn Féin in 1917 and was elected to its executive. As a result of the German Plot in May 1918 she was arrested and imprisoned in Holloway Prison for 11 months. During the War of Independence she was a fundraiser and was a District Judge in a Republican Court in Dublin. In 1919 she was elected an Alderman for Dublin Corporation.

In 1921 Kathleen was elected to the Second Dáil where she spoke out against the Anglo-Irish Treaty. She told Michael Collins she would support the Treaty on the basis that it gave Ireland the ‘machinery to work out to full freedom’. She supported anti-treaty forces during the subsequent Civil War, however, she tried to persuade the men who were occupying the Four Courts in 1922 to lay down their arms. It’s a challenge to Mick Collins and I know Mick well enough that he’ll only accept that challenge until such time as he can get an army together and kick you out of here. Are you going to wait for that? she told them. Liam Mellows, who was occupying the Four Courts at the time and was later executed by the Free State government, responded: 'You’re only a woman, what would you know about it?’

Because of her anti-treaty activities, she was held in Kilmainham Gaol in February 1923. After the war she continued her political work, becoming a founding member of Fianna Fáil in 1926 and Dublin’s first female Lord Mayor in 1939. After leaving Fianna Fáil in 1941, she served on several hospital boards and the National Graves Association throughout the 1940s.

In 1965 she left Dublin to live with her youngest son Emmet in Liverpool. She returned to Dublin for the 50th anniversary of the Rising where she received an honorary doctorate of law from the National University of Ireland. She died in Liverpool on 29 September 1972 at 94. She was given a state funeral in Ireland and is buried at Dean’s Grange Cemetery in Dublin.

I’ve been told once or twice that Alannah’s name is “too modern,” too anachronistic for Eorzea. And I agreed, because I basically just named her after my Elder Scrolls Online character and hadn’t thought of anything better. But then, months ago while I was researching names for her family (and had since taken up a more active interest in lore-friendly naming conventions), I discovered this:

Alana — (AH-lah-nah) “attractive, fair, peaceful”. Influenced by the Anglo-Irish term of endearment alannah, Gaelic a leanbh "O child". Alaina, Alannah, Alanna

And it just makes me a bit giddy that I accidentally picked a name that DOES fit in with the world, even if it’s not overtly obvious.

(I only bring this up now because it just occurred to me that I never gave her a middle name and so I’ve been on the hunt for names again.)

Music Tag

Thanks to @sleepybooksloth for tagging me. This was super fun! 

Rules: using only the song titles from 1 artist, answer these questions. Tag 10 people at the end!

The artist I’m selecting is: Gaelic Storm

What is your gender? Girls of Dublin Town

Describe yourself: Scalliwag

How do you feel? Hello Monday

If you could go anywhere, where would it be? The Long Way Home

Favourite mode of transportation: Darcy’s Donkey

Your best friend: Cecilia 

Favourite time of day: Me and the Moon

If your life was a tv show, what would it be called? Don’t Let the Truth Get in the Way (Of a Good Story)

What is life to you? If Good Times Were Dollars

Relationship status: Courtin’ in the Kitchen

Your fear: The Devil Down Below

I tag @damejane-of-chardonnay, @skyebird01, @buyanearthquake, @flamingmirror, @fatisbookishcorner, @monanight, @the-literary-elephant, and anyone else who is interested. :) 

“Brigit búadach,

búaid na fine,

siur Ríg nime,

nár in duine,

eslind luige,

        lethan bréo.

Ro-s íacht nóibnem,

mumme Góidel,

riar na n-óiged,

óibel ecnai,

ingen Dubthaig,

duine úallach,

Brigit búadach,

        bethad béo.”


“Triumphant Brigid,

glory of her kindred,

sister of Heaven’s King,

a noble woman,

a danger to perjurers,

a broad-spreading flame.

She has reached holy Heaven,

the foster-mother of the Gael,

the desire of visitors,

a spark of wisdom,

daughter of Dubthach,

a proud woman,

triumphant Brigid,

living one of life.”

~ Brigit Búadach/Victorious Brigid {Old Irish, translated by Kuno Meyer. Found in Miscellanea hibernica.}

Beannachtaí na Féile Bríde agus Imbolc oraibh/ Brigid’s Day & Imbolc blessings to you all!


Dragon of Legends is a great looking new online 2D action adventure RPG with a rich narrative inspired by Gaelic and Norse Mythology and a gorgeous hand-crafted pixel art style.  An impressive looking game that looks set to offer up engaging combat and adventure on a grand scale.

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The Morrígan:
Her/Their History & Contemporary Cult

This page is a work of love, devotion, and practicality.  It is for the Morrígan, as herself and themselves, and for any of us who have tasted her names in the blood on our lips.

  • Introductions & History
  • Her Cult
  • Contemporary Reflections on the Morrígan, Sovereignty, War, & Death
  • Tumblr Resources and E-shrines
  • Books, Sites, & Organizations

It is a work that will never be finished, I hope, as my own practice deepens and our community continues to grow and publish and evolve as long as there is need of her/them.  I sincerely hope it provides some measure of help for people.

Through blood spilled, bone broken, and lips split
to lips loving, bone strong, and blood born.  

And for fuck’s sake, don’t go making any oaths about patrons or whatever until you’re damn well sure you can handle the consequences.


By special request...

So after yesterday’s post about how all I have retained from high school Gaelic is dirty words and how to ask for the washroom, @snurkenach suggested I continue to foul your minds. 

So here we go. I will give you the word in Gaelic, the translation (figurative and literal, when applicable) and how to say it. Usual disclaimer: Different places pronounce things in slightly different ways and Canadian Gaelic is its own dialect. 

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History of Imbolc

     Imbolc celebrates the waning of winter and the coming of spring as well as a festival of hearth and home, and the lengthening of days. It is also known as Imbolg or Saint Brigid’s day. Imbolc was believed to have originally been a pagan festival before the Christians incorporated it into there own practices.  Imbolc is celebrated in many different religions but has taken on many diverse titles. In Irish Gaelic it is called Oimelk which translates to “ewes milk”.  The Romans celebrate what is called “Lupercalia” which marks the time that is halfway between Winter Solctice and the Spring Equinox.

     Imbolc is strongly associated with the Goddess Brigid. Crosses and corn husk dolls are made in her name. On Imbolc Eve Brigid visits houses ad blesses the inhabitants. Families would often have a celebratory supper on Imbolc Eve and would make sure to set out some of the food and drinks for Brigid. Then symbolically, Brighid would be brought into there house and made a bed of her own. 

     Imbolc has traditionally been a time of weather divination, bonfires, the lighting of candles, hearthfires, special meals, divination and watching for omens. Spring cleaning was also an important custom. The lighting of candles and bonfires symbolize the return of the warmth and the increasing power of the sun. 

  • Imbolc symbolizes growth, purity, and renewal. 
  • Herbs associated with Imbolc:  Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Blackberry, Celandine, Coltsfoot, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Tansy, Violets, and all white or yellow flowers.
  • Colors associated with Imbolc: White, Pink, Red, Yellow, Green, Brown. 
  • Stones associated with Imbolc:  Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Onyx, Turquoise. 

Sources: paganwiccan.about.com, wikipedia.com, and wicca.com.

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The Emigrants - Helmsdale, Sutherland

A monument to the people of Sutherland who suffered at the hands of callous and bigoted lairds during the Clearances.  In 1811 the population of the Strath of Kildonan, which runs north west for over twenty miles from Helmsdale, was recorded as 1,574.  However, forced evictions took place between 1813 and 1819 as the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland sought to improve their estate; by which they meant their own economic standing.  Sheep farming was brought in and entire communities removed with the population in 1831 being recorded as 257.  Sutherland is infamous in Scottish history for the brutal methods employed by the Duke of Sutherland, George Leveson-Gower, and his factor Patrick Sellar.

The Emigrants has been referred to as an ‘anti-monument’ as it stands in contrast to a 100 feet high monument to the Duke of Sutherland which is found at Beinn a’ Bhragaidh.  It was commissioned by Dennis MacLeod a native of Helmsdale who made his fortune in gold mining in South Africa.  The statue is by Gerald Laing.  A matching statue known as ‘The Selkirk Settlers’ stands in Winnipeg, Canada as 100 emigrants from the Strath of Kildonan in 1813 helped establish what would eventually become the city of Winnipeg.

The inscription reads:

“The Emigrants commemorates the people of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland who, in the face of great adversity, sought freedom, hope and justice beyond these shores. They and their descendants went forth and explored continents, built great countries and cities and gave their enterprise and culture to the world. This is their legacy. Their voices will echo forever thro the empty straths and glens of their homeland.”

Shapeshifters: The Paganism of Identity and the Danger of Fascist Infiltration

Shapeshifters: The Paganism of Identity and the Danger of Fascist Infiltration

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1- Tha mi ‘nam Geangach

“Their primary focus is to now enter social movements, community spaces, spiritual communities, and the like, and influence them in a certain direction, usually towards the “preservation of the European traditions and people.”

(From A Movement of Long Knives)

The folk-song collector Alan Lomax once described the Gaelic song tradition of the Hebrides as “the flower of…

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I've done sufficient research on The Morrigan to be able to worship her (I think) and I have felt an extremely strong connection to her. I am aware that she is a sovereign goddess and also does not fit into many common pagan paradigms. Could I ask for some tips on proper respectful worship of The Great Queen, for example a common way of worshipping her, what can be left as offerings for her, how to properly respect her? Thank you so much for your blog, and sorry if this has been answered

As an act of both devotion and practicality, I’ve made a page on my polytheist blog collecting everything I’ve been able to find thus far on her/their history, her/their contemporary cult, and people’s reflections on her/their effect on and role in our world.

Here’s an additional post collecting the stories in which she/they features.

The Morrígan is not kind, but nor is she cruel for the sake of cruelty.  She is a queen in all meanings of the title and due respect, but we should never forget that we mortals still have our own personal sovereignty, and what use would a sovereign queen have for devotees who don’t do their utmost to put that into action?  Trying to pin down who we think she must be and want her to be, attempting to box her into simplistic domains, is like trying to pin down Badb’s screams, Macha’s wildness, the Morrígan’s prophecies, storms of blood and fire raining on your enemies, and the waters of the Uinshinn.  Dramatic language, but true.

And just to remind everyone thinking about oaths and patrons: don’t do it until you’re damn well sure you can handle the consequences.  It’s serious business and, depending on the entity, can be incredibly demanding and difficult.  You’re basically saying I am in your service, and while you’re still you’re own person, you’re damn well going to live up to your word whether you change your mind or not.  Relationships between human and god are all unique with different requirements, and I’m not quite arrogant enough to say there aren’t exceptions because a god’s will is their own and what do I know?  But an oath is a binding and a matter of honor, not whimsy.

- mountain hound

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