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Moira is the best Irish rep I’ve ever encountered

Alright hear me out. When Moira was revealed, I was super psyched to see that she was Irish, and not a stereotype whatsoever. Like, I genuinely spent a whole day practically in pure excitement because Blizzard had not only created Irish rep (a SERIOUSLY rare thing for us, aside from dopey background characters), but one who was based around true Irish culture. Rather than a drunken brute with a beer belly and wearing green all over- you know, the way media portrays us regularly- we got a character based on Genuine Irish Culture

This is PARTICULARLY prevalent in the Moon skin, which has numerous nods to Celtic culture- pagan symbols, a design mirroring common depictions of Irish deities such as the Morrigan or sorceresses such as Aoife, the wicked queen who transformed her stepchildren into Swans in the tale of the Children of Lir.

I really dig the concept of a sorceress themed Irish character with the power of genetics on her side, specifically because of the conscious effort Ireland as a country is making to have more and more science based jobs, specifically for women. It mightn’t have been intentional, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

These aside, however, there’s one thing that made me extremely happy, and ultimately left the impression that Blizzard had done a very good job with Irish representation: the fact that Moira is a Gaelgoir, or a fluent Irish speaker.

She’s got almost as many lines in English as she does as Gaeilge, in Irish. The reason this is such a big thing compared to, say, Sombra having so many Spanish voice lines is that Irish is very much so a language that’s struggling to survive and is slowly but surely dying. Ireland has a population of just under 5 million, and of those 5 million, only 70,000 people speak Irish fluently outside of the education system, and only 20,000 of those people speak it as their first language. 

By having Moira be clearly one of those 20,000, judging by how often she uses Irish- which is a hell of a lot more than anyone I’ve ever heard in my life, because we all speak English rather than Irish- Blizzard have given the Irish OW community something which means more than they could have possibly imagined- the first good piece of Irish representation that I’ve ever encountered, and for the first time ever: I feel truly represented! 

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Oweynagat, also called “The Cave of Cats” is a kistvaen which serves as a portal to the Otherworld in Irish folklore and from which various destructive creatures emerge during Samhain (pronounced SAH-win, the Gaelic festival marking the end of the summer harvest season and one of the progenitors to our modern celebrations of Halloween). It is located at Rathcroghan, a complex of archaeological sites in Ireland and typically just called the Cruachan.

One such creature is the Ellen Trechen, some kind of 3-headed monster that supposedly rampaged across the country and was killed by Irish mythological hero Amergin. Other creatures include flocks of small red birds that wither every plant they touch, and a herd of pigs with similar powers.

Though perhaps the most famous creature is The Morrigan (also known as Morrigu, or “the Phantom Queen”). It’s unclear on what exactly she is, but often times she’s believed to be a manifestation of the Gaelic goddess of the Earth and Sovereignty. Other times she’s one third of a triumvirate of beings that are both three individuals and one whole. In most cases though, she’s simply an omen of doom and death, particularly in battle, and often appears as a crow, with one singular exception. On Samhain she emerges from the Oweynagat in a flaming chariot pulled by a one-legged chestnut-coloured horse and a company of creatures, often the kinds already mentioned above.

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When the La La Land soundtrack makes you want to dance, but the only dance you can do is Irish:

Handsome Devil (2016)

Okay so I couldn’t even finish the movie without making this post. My hands are shaking and my heart is pounding. The movie is set in Ireland and tells the story of two sweet precious irish boy/men finding out who they are and just -screams- I dont want to give away the plot. I want you to keep guessing (”Is he?…are they? No way…he is! He’s not! Oh no! That bastard!”) but omfg please watch this movie. It was only released in Ireland and it’s frankly the irish movie I’ve been waiting for. Look at the trailer if you’re still not sure.

“You spend your whole life being someone else, who’s going to be you!”

“Reveal to me who you are! If you dare!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j1i94L8PMk

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My personal artistic hero… Harry Clarke (1889 - 1931) was an Irish illustrator and stained-glass artist and key figure in the Arts & Craft movement.

He illustrated works for Edgar Allan Poe - my favourite being ‘Tales of Mystery & Imagination.’ Dover Publishing re-printed it beautifully as a hardback edition - here’s the link to it on amazon - For way less than £30 it’s one of the prettiest books you can buy

Get THIS BOOK if you want to see all his stained glass work - before it gets too hard to track down. It also lists where you can see the existing works (mostly in Dublin) and has a very thorough bio on Clarke

anonymous asked:

L i s t e n the Stark Tower in NY and the Statesmen HQ in NY are the same addresses so a marvel au where everything's the same expect Tony had Champ as a mentor and also has one of this cowboy hats

WHAT Really!?
And because Champ is Obie?! LMAO…. thats so weird

T: …Come on Champ, Cant I be Agent Coffee…
C: We have a theme Tony.
T: ……Irish Coffee.
C: No Tony.
T:

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thanks to @luckiedee​, I finally did the thing.

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Prior to their departure from the hotel, Kent’s first act of business is to Google something on his phone. He won’t let Alexei see what it is.

“Fuck yes!” Kent exclaims. When he looks up from the screen, he’s grinning. “Okay, we’ve got some hours to kill. Will you be warm enough walking around outside in just a shirt and jacket? Even at night? It gets cold up here.”

Alexei looks down at himself. “I’m Russian.”

“Yeah, and I play ice hockey and grew up in New York, and I can’t fucking stand the cold. That’s why I’ve got three layers on and I’m grabbing a jacket before we go.” Kent gets up from his chair. “So?”

Alexei gets up, too. “I’m okay. It’s warm jacket. Where we go at night?”

“That’s for me to know and you to find out.” Kent goes to his closet to fish out the aforementioned jacket, which he ties around his waist like it’s 1995. Alexei would chirp him but it’s too fucking cute.

Kent heads for the door but Alexei hangs back, looking around the room. It was mildly messy when they came in but now it’s kind of disastrous, with the beds further rumpled from people sitting on their edges and all the available trashcans filled up with leavings. The delivery bags have been rolled up and stuffed inside each other, along with the discarded pie and quiche tins.

“Housekeeping will get it,” Kent says.

Alexei still cringes at the mess, but he goes with Kent, who checks for his keycard before closing the door behind them.

Outside the hotel, all is quiet. Alexei doesn’t see anyone with cameras hanging out in wait.

“Probably stalking the Falconers,” Kent says, and hails a taxi.

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2018 Olympic Prep Challenge! Day 7!

Dream Exhibition Programs For The Olympics

What’s a program without a good, little story? ❤️

Tessa and Scott
- A program about a passionate forbidden relationship. They know that their time together is limited, so they regard every single night like it’s their one last night.
♪ A Medley of One Last Night by Vaults and Pillowtalk by Zayn

Madi and Zach
- A program about two people who were in a romantic relationship. They broke up because of their career paths. On good terms, they still see each other regularly. Feelings are coming back and they just can’t help falling in love with each other. Sounds familiar…don’t ya think? 😉 
Ed Sheeran Medley of Give Me Love, Kiss Me, and Photograph

Kaitlyn and Andrew
- An angsty program about a couple. The girl has doubts on the longevity of their relationship… The guy tries to show her that he will love her till the end of time.
Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey

Aleksandra and Ivan
- A program about best friends who love each other deeply, but are too scared to admit their real feelings.
Certain Things by James Arthur

Tiffany and Jon
- Two people meet. Instant connection. Both on vacation, they bond and embark on a passionate romance, knowing that it won’t last. On their last 24 hours together, they make the best out of every second. Fast forward many years later, even though they haven’t seen one another since, their memories with each other still live on in their dreams.
Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

P.S. At this point, I think it’s pretty clear which two ice dance teams I want on that Russian Olympic Team…😉

Christina and Anthony
- A program about first loves. A journey through ups and downs.
Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes ft. Ariana Grande

Anna and Luca
- This lighthearted program is pretty much a reflection of Anna and Luca’s amazing career and partnership. A great thank you to each other.
 An Instrumental Cover of Without You by The Piano Guys

Piper and Paul
- An Irish escapade for Piper and Paul! If they can make an 18th Century Short Dance work, they sure can nail a fun Irish-themed program. I think it suits their eccentric style…🍀🍀🍀
Humours of Glen Dart from the Harry Potter Soundtrack

Valentina and Ondrej
- A program about a couple who constantly fights. They always say that they want each other gone, but every time they try to get out of their dysfunctional relationship, they can’t seem to make it happen. They always end up craving for each other.
 Dark Times by The Weeknd

Ksenia and Fedor
- A lyrical program about how opposites attract. A puzzling love story comes to life. They eventually become each other’s half.
Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

Kiss Me I’m Irish/// Sirius Black x Irish! Reader

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A/N: For Eimear! Who’s name I can remember because she sent me one of the best requests I’ve ever had and also because I really like your name. Sorry about the wait. I hope you enjoy!

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    You pulled at Sirius’ arm to get him up the hill with the rest of the Marauders and Lily following close behind. 

    “How much further,” Sirius whined. 

    “Would you be quiet? If we get caught, I’ll kill you,” you whisper-yelled. Sirius groaned and you slapped him in the arm. You looked around and finally spotted it. “Come on, it’s over here.” You let go of his hand and ran over to the hat laying on the ground. You kneeled down next to it and in a few moments everyone else was next to you. 

    “Why are we stopping at this old hat,” Lily asked. It had some holes in it and looked like it hadn’t been touched in ages but you knew better. 

    “You know, sometimes I forget you’re a muggleborn. Okay, Lily this right here is a Portkey. You touch it and it takes you to wherever it’s been enchanted to take you. It’s supposed to look run down so that no one messes with it. Okay?” Lily didn’t look completely convinced put she kneeled down next to it anyways.

    You looked at all of them. “Ready?” They all nodded. “All right, let’s go.” Everyone reached out and grabbed the hat. Suddenly, the world began to spin. 


    Growing up you looked forward to St. Patricks day. In Ireland and especially in Dublin there were always huge festivals that would go on all day for days. Now that you were older you looked forward to the parties. After years of telling your friends about the parties you finally told them to come along. 

    When the Portkey finally dropped you off you found yourself in a small field with street lights nearby. You were on your feet almost instantly alongside the Marauders while Lily lay on the ground trying to recover. 

    Lily groaned loudly. “Do you even know where we are?” Lily tried to get on her feet with assistance from James.

    “Of course I do, now hurry up!” You bolted for the streets and they had to run to catch up with you. As soon as you reached the street you were on the fastest route to the biggest party in town. Sirius hand found it’s way into yours as you ran down the streets. 

    Their were people selling shirts and all types of other stuff with Irish themes. You bought a shirt that said “Kiss Me I’m Irish” and Sirius got one that said “Don’t Even Think About It”. With Sirius at your side and the others close behind you headed to the party. 

    It was on a rooftop so you trudged up the stairs and burst through the door onto the roof. Their were bodies everywhere and everything was decorated in green. There were green lights streamed across the roof. You smiled widely. 


    Immediately all of you were taking shots. The were a bit skeptical of Guiness at first but after a few shots they were hooked, especially Remus. 

   “(Y/N), (Y/N), listen,” Remus yelled into your ear. “This is the best thing I’ve ever drank. Firewhiskey pales in comparison to this! It pales into comparison! Pales!” He was a lightweight so it didn’t surprise you that he was drunk already. 

   You just patted him on the shoulder before he went off to get more shots. You went back to looking for Sirius. He had slipped out of your sights while Remus was trying to get you to drink some more. You spotted James standing in a group with Peter on the far edge. You wound your way through the crowd 

    “James,” you yelled over the music. “Have you seen Sirius?!” He gazed around the crowd before turning back to you. 

    “No, sorry!” 

    “What are you even doing?! Who are these guys?!” 

   “Some new friends! They’re helping me rig up some fireworks! It’s supposed to be a giant leprechaun! Like you know how they do it at the Ireland Quidditch games! It’ll be great!” James had a large smile on his face as he explained this and you had to admit, you were looking forward to seeing that. 

    “Okay, cool! Where’s Lily?!” James smile quickly became a frown. He looked in a completely different direction so you followed his gaze. Lily was in a different group of people. She was laughing loudly and looked like she was having the time of her life. 

    “Talking with some muggleborns or whatever!” You put your arm on his shoulder. 

    “Well, good luck with that mate! I’ve gotta go find Sirius!” 

    “(Y/N)!” Your name rang across the rooftop. Your eyes darted to the stage where just a few minutes ago Irish dancers had just been performing but now a very drunk Remus had the mic. “(Y/N) come up here and dance with me!” His eyes were on you and then the entire rooftops eyes were on you. You shook your head. 

   “No! You gotta get up here,” Remus whined. “Come on! (Y/N)! (Y/N)! (Y/N)!” He led the crowd in chanting your name. Finally, you caved and made your way to the stage. Remus helped you up but he really wasn’t much help. 

    The music started up and you did a basic Irish dance that you learned as a kid. You tried instructing Remus in the moves but he was struggling majorly. You laughed at him but kept trying anyways. The song ended and everyone cheered as you tried to guide Remus off the stage. 

    “Merlin’s beard! You were sooooooo good! Wow,” Remus shouted.

    “Thanks Remus! Hey, maybe you should get some water alright?!” Before he could answer he was already back at the bar. Now you could finally get back to searching for Sirius. 

    You shoved your way through the crowd and had to double-take at every tall guy in a leather jacket. Finally, you spotted him leaning on the edge of the roof looking down at the streets. You quickly made your way over to him. You stood next to him with your back on the half-wall and he looked over at you. 

   “Nice performance.” You could barely hear the music over here so you could actually hear each other. 

   “Yeah? You saw that? Remus is really drunk. Have fun getting him back in the dorm.” He gazed back into the streets with a smile.

    “I’m sure we will.” 

    Both of you fell silent and you just looked into his eyes. They were that same deep gray that you could just get lost in. It made you smile a bit. There was so much mystery behind those eyes. 

   “What are you thinking about?” His eyes wandered over to yours.

   “You. You look so gorgeous tonight. In a crowd of hundreds of people and you still stick out to me. You’re amazing. Especially in this lighting. Green is really your color.” You leaned closer to him. 

    “Yeah?” He closed the space between you so that your chests were against each other.

    “Yeah.” You pressed your lips against his and he pulled you into him. If the night hadn’t been perfect it definitely was now.

Mo Ghile Mear
The Chieftains & Sting
Mo Ghile Mear

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keeps…on my mind: Jamie.

A proud and gallant chevalier
a high born scion of gentle mien
a fiery blade engaged to lead-
he’d break the bravest in the field…

Rob attended the event of Nialls party, of course all Irish themed, it was something he hadn’t seen before and well he was loving the green beer, maybe a little too much. He just couldn’t get enough of it. He was bobbing his head along to the music which was thumping out the speakers. “this place is pretty cool, anyone care to join for some golf?”