Dragon Gate at Harlech House in Dublin

In Dublin, Ireland, stands an estate reminiscent of old folklore, complete with its own dragon! Of course, dragons are mythical creatures, so this home only has a dragon made of steel which acts as its gatekeeper. The property, known at Harlech House, was originally built in 1798 by a Welsh immigrant. (The estate is actually named after a town in Wales called Harlech and the national flag has a dragon on it.) Harlech House sits on less than an acre of land but is full of enchantment. It features religious iconography and fairy-tale motifs throughout the seven-bedroom home, but it’s the dragon gate that grabs the most attention.

A common technique employed throughout the construction of the estate, including the gate, is the use of curves. The silver dragon is composed of perfectly curved stainless steel and glass-blown eyes. The wings display a metallic mesh and the rings at the dragon’s sides are individually hand-forged to look like chain mail, adding a different texture to the piece. In addition , the dragon gate’s reflective nature causes it to highlight and mimic the colors of its surroundings, providing more variations in shade and tone. Despite using one element, the dragon is layered and has a complex surface and varied appearance.

The primary intention for this establishment is not only to offer a fantastical experience, but also to be pleasing to the eye. It’s also meant to entice large groups of people to enter. Harlech House’s dragon gate is the perfect piece to welcome any visitor into a charming house.

On this day: February 4th, 1775 - Birth of Robert Emmett, Irish patriot

Photo: Robert Emmett Memorial, Merchants Quay, Dublin

Robert Emmet’s short, dramatic life came to a tragic end on 20 September 1803. However, although his life was short and his struggle in vain, his efforts, vision and idealism left a mythic mark on Irish and on the world history.

Born in Dublin in 1778 into a fairly well to do Protestant family, Emmet was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. With high ideals of fraternity and equality, Robert, like his elder brother Thomas, became involved with the United Irishmen formed in 1791 by Wolfe Tone, James Tandy, and Thomas Russell to achieve Roman Catholic emancipation and, with Protestant cooperation, parliamentary reform.

From 1800 to 1802, Emmet resided on the continent with leaders of the United Irishmen who had been exiled from Ireland following the rebellion of 1798. On the continent, Emmet attempted to enlist French support for an insurrection against British rule. With the promise of French military aid secured, Emmet returned to Ireland in 1802 and began to organise and arm the country in preparation for the French landing. However, Emmet’s hand was forced in July 1803 when an explosion at one of his arms depots compelled an early call for insurrection on 23 July. His plan now awry, the ill-timed insurrection ended in confusion as various factions failed to receive or failed to heed the call to arms, and the promised French invasion failed to materialise.

Determined and undaunted Emmet, wearing a green and white uniform, marched a small band against Dublin Castle. On their way, the group happened upon Lord Kilwarden, the Lord Chief Justice and his nephew. Emmet’s followers seized the Lord Chief Justice and his nephew from their coach, piked them to death and then began to riot in the streets. Disillusioned by his followers’ behavior and realizing the cause was lost, Emmet escaped and hid in the Wicklow Mountains.

From the Wicklow Mountains, Emmet moved to Harold’s Cross to be near Sarah Curran, his fiancée. Thomas Moore’s songs, “She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps” and ‘Oh breathe not the name’ were inspired by Emmet’s love for Sarah Curran. Emmet had hoped to escape to America with Miss Curran. However, he was captured on 25 August 1803 and imprisoned at Kilmainham Gaol. He was tried for high treason in Green Street Courthouse where he was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

When asked if he had any thing to say in response to this sentence, Emmet gave what is considered to be one of the most famous speeches of the period. Emmet’s speech to the court 'The Speech from the Dock’ could be regarded as the last protest of the United Irishmen:

‘I have but one request to ask at my departure from this world — it is the charity of its silence. Let no man write my epitaph. No man can write my epitaph, for as no man who knows my motives and character dares now to vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them rest in obscurity and peace until other times and other men can do justice to them. When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then shall my character be vindicated, then may my epitaph be written’.

Although he held out hope for a rescue, on 20 September 1803, he was executed. Out of deference to his aristocratic background, Emmet was hanged and beheaded but was not subsequently disemboweled, as such a sentence usually involved. His burial site remains a mystery to this date.

The Garden of Remembrance - Dublin

This beautiful, peaceful garden in the heart of Dublin city was designed by Dáithí Hanly and dedicated to the memory of all who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.

The large sculpture by Oisín Kelly is based on the theme of the ‘Children of Lir’. The garden is intended as a place of quiet remembrance and reflection. Oisín Kelly also designed the statue of James Larkin on O'Connell Street.

The Garden commemorates freedom fighters from various uprisings, including:

- the 1798 rebellion of the Society of United Irishmen
- the 1803 rebellion of Robert Emmet
- the 1848 rebellion of Young Ireland
- the 1867 rising of the Fenian Brotherhood
- the 1916 Easter Rising of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army
- the 1919-21 Irish War of Independence of the 'Old’ IRA.

The site of the Garden is where several leaders of the 1916 Rising were held overnight before being taken to Kilmainham Gaol. The Garden was opened in 1966 by President Éamon de Valera on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which he had been a commander.

anonymous asked:

Do you know any where like Clarke is royalty or something like that?

Here you go homie, these are the only ones that I know of so if anyone knows anymore message me

I’ll Keep You My Dirty Little Secret by herecomethedreams  [On-going]

Clarke Griffin, the heir to the British throne, never thought she would find love at a gig, she certainly never thought she’d find love in a certain Flight Lieutenant Lexa Woods that’s for sure.


The RAF Lexa/Princess Clarke AU you didn’t think you needed… until now

Fire and the Flood by GG_1798  [One-shot]

Royalty AU (sorta)

In the city of Arkadia, Princess Clarke Griffin wakes on her seventeenth birthday to the excitement of a birthday ball, held that night in her honor. In Polis, Heda Lexa paces in her room after a sleepless night. It had been a month since her parents had died and she was given power. She clutches a letter in one hand, Queen Griffin’s proposal: a political marriage. A joining of neighboring kingdoms. A promise of power and safety.

Explainer: gravitational waves and why their discovery is such a big deal

Gren Ireson, Nottingham Trent University

Scientists working at the LIGO experiment in the US have for the first time detected elusive ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves. There is no doubt that the finding is one of the most groundbreaking physics discoveries of the past 100 years. But what are they?

To best understand the phenomenon, let’s go back in time a few hundred years. In 1687 when Isaac Newton published his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, he thought of the gravitational force as an attractive force between two masses – be it the Earth and the Moon or two peas on a table top. However the nature of how this force was transmitted was less well understood at the time. Indeed the law of gravitation itself was not tested until British scientist Henry Cavendish did so in 1798, while measuring the density of the Earth.

Fast forward to 1916, when Einstein presented physicists with a new way of thinking about space, time and gravity. Building on work published in 1905, the theory of general relativity tied together that what we commonly consider to be separate entities – space and time – into what is now called “space-time”.

Space-time can be considered to be the fabric of the universe. That means everything that moves, moves through it. In this model, anything with mass distorts the space-time fabric. The larger the mass, the larger the distortion. And since every moving object moves through space-time, it will also follow the distortions caused by objects with big mass.

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Fire and the Flood

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by GG_1798

Royalty AU (sorta)

In the city of Arkadia, Princess Clarke Griffin wakes on her seventeenth birthday to the excitement of a birthday ball, held that night in her honor. In Polis, Heda Lexa paces in her room after a sleepless night. It had been a month since her parents had died and she was given power. She clutches a letter in one hand, Queen Griffin’s proposal: a political marriage. A joining of neighboring kingdoms. A promise of power and safety.

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the-rose-from-spain asked:

((maybe mr. ding don? he's dingalingalinging))


As Don is a wealthy man from a culturally artistic/relevant background, he’d likely be a nobleman–which means his family would have been Francophiles…until the Peninsular War happened, then Don would have LOATHED the French. Don would have been born in 1798, so he would have been 10 when the Peninsular War began and 16 when it ended, so the War would have definitely affected his upbringing; it’s very likely he’d have adult male relatives who’d serve and get involved in uprisings against Bonaparte, as well as get involved with the Coalition Wars. But Don himself, while probably exposed to violence here and there, is otherwise a fancy-ass pretty richboy who’d spend more of his days as a patron of the arts and wooing the ladies than actually getting out there to fight, though that doesn’t mean he isn’t a fighter–he’d probably take up fencing just for the sake of the arts. His family probably still participated in bullfighting, but given the politics of the time, it’s likely a very low priority.

Come 1821, Bonaparte has been exiled and would die this year; Don is likely still bitter towards the French, but he does possess interest in coming to Venice due to how beautiful the city is and that he’s finally old enough to head out on his own. Except Venice has lots its luster by this time–the Austrians have imperialistically stripped its culture to mirror their own, the Venetian locals are fairly oppressed, and there is a strong Austrian governing presence with a few French here and there. Don would probably be bitter about this, but he takes it all in stride as a tourist–especially because that’d mean he’d be a playboy at the Palazzi and pick up some ladies (and lads) here and there.

Yes, Don would definitely have his own Cuor, so he’d also have his own Dolls. As an upperclass Spaniard, Don would dress very nicely for the period, and of course, he’d have hair extensions to cover his bald spot. But it might not be necessary–the hair fashion trend for young men at the time calls for thick sideburns and short, oiled curls, so Don would probably leave some hair uncut and cover that bald spot with a combover. But it’s also much easier (and more fashionable) to just wear a hat. I don’t know if I’ll give him a short or long frock coat.

If any of the Don RPers decide to RP out the 1821 AU, he’d probably hit it off well with my OC Adrien-Rene Genet, a Spanish-raised Frenchman of former nobility. Rene is pretty, rich, and pansexual, so…. shipping might happen, lol. But it won’t be good shipping, as Rene is a con man with criminal tendencies… and a much darker, more bestial side he often hides from people who aren’t his marks or victims.