On St. Patrick’s Day, Algy always dyes his hair green, and this year was no exception. But as he stretched himself out on a warm, flat rock beside the blue burn, to dry his hair in the sun, he noticed something strange. It seemed that the burn had undergone a transformation… Had he done that, or was it just the effect of St. Patrick’s Day?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone :) xoxo

wow amazing!!! as of today (march 17th!!) patrick star has yet to be another year older!!!! !!! we celebrate Happy Patricks Day today and wear green in honor of his trousers!!! Happy Patricks Day!!!

This amazing image of the Northern Lights was captured by Frank Ryan on St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) at Lough Gur in County Limerick, Ireland.

Limerick is situated in the Midwest of Ireland and typically the Northern Lights cannot be seen from this vantage point. However, thanks to a surprisingly strong solar storm, ranked as a G4 geomagnetic storm by NOAA, the night sky was alive with the dance of the Aurora Borealis.

These solar light displays occur when highly charged electrons are blown towards earth in what is called “solar wind”. As the electrons enter the earth’s upper atmosphere, they encounter atoms of oxygen and nitrogen at different altitudes, ranging from 20 to 200 miles above the earth’s surface. The colour of the aurora depends on which atom is first struck and at what altitude, as follows:

• Green - oxygen, up to 150 miles in altitude
• Red - oxygen, above 150 miles in altitude
• Blue - nitrogen, up to 60 miles in altitude
• Purple/violet - nitrogen, above 60 miles in altitude

It often looks like the auroras are dancing through the sky, this is because the magnetic and electric forces are reacting with each other in constantly shifting combinations.

If you are lucky enough to be able to witness the aurora first hand, please take advantage; for everyone else, here is a link to some great photos:


Image by Frank Ryan

Niam fic exchange - Round Two

Round two of the Niam Fic Exchange is coming soon!

The basics:

1. Sign up to write a story for someone else, with Niall/Liam (Niam) as the main focus/pairing.
2. Minimum word count is 2,000 words but feel free to go wild and write as much as you’d like.
3. Post your story to the platform of your choice on the due date - in this case Saint Patrick’s Day 2015 (March 17th.) 

Sound like fun? Here are some dates to remember:
January 10th: sign ups open
January 20th: sign ups close
January 25th: assignments sent out
March 17th: stories due and posting begins.

Please help spread the word - the world needs more Niam.

Saint Patrick’s Day (on March 17th) is one of those holidays that is losing it’s grasp on why people celebrate it other than to drink profusely. Let’s take a step back for a minute, and talk about some lesser known and traditional foods that are inspired by Ireland and not artificially green - and okay, maybe served with a Guinness.

And a quick wikipedia search was able to tell me that the day is celebrating the departure of Saint Patrick, as well as Irish culture in general, with gatherings, food, drink and music (anything you’ve given up for Lent is lifted for the day - who knew?) So let’s talk food.

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Happy Birthday To Fighting Irishman Patrick Cleburne-

Birthday March 16th or 17th 1828- And Happy St Patrick’s Day! Some believe his Birthday to be St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1828; but other findings show he was born March 16. His father was a physician and he never really knew his mother as she died when he was 18 months old.

Patrick Ronayne Cleburne was born on March 16, 1828, in Ovens, County Cork, Ireland. He was an Anglo-Irish soldier who served in the 41st Regiment of Foot of the British Army. He is, however, best known for his service to the Confederates States of America.

He sided with the Confederacy at the outbreak of the War Between the States and progressed from the rank of private of the local militia to major general.

Cleburne, like many Southerners, did not support the institution of slavery but chose to serve his adopted country out of love for the Southern folks and their quest for independence. In 1864, he advocated the emancipation of Black men to serve in the Confederate Armed Forces. In early 1865, his dream became a reality but it was then too late—the war was lost.

Cleburne participated in the Battles of Shiloh, Richmond, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap and Franklin. He was killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864.

Due to his brilliant strategy on the battlefield Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne was nicknamed “Stonewall Jackson of the West.”

Cleburne said before his death at the Battle of Franklin:

“If this cause, that is dear to my heart, is doomed to fail, I pray heaven may let me fall with it, my face is toward the enemy and my arm battling for that which I know is right.”