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Hi! I’m re-introducing myself to Studyblr because I realised that my first introduction was really brief and didn’t really give much of the picture of what I do. (I’m so bad at these things.)

My name’s Etta, and I’m a nontraditional undergraduate (age twenty-four with three semesters left!). I currently study Classical Languages and Literature, i.e. Ancient Greek and Latin, but I’m planning on receiving my Masters and Doctorate in Early Irish Literature. This blog will probably concentrate more on what I’m studying on my own in Old Irish, Early Irish Literature, and Irish history, with brief mentions of Greek and Latin along the way. I also was diagnosed with ADHD when I was very young and am just starting to understand how it affects my learning, so I expect to post a lot of kvetching about that. I’ll also be cataloguing my journey as I apply to grad school. 

I’ve always lurked in the studyblr community, but with my current push to sort out the grad-school situation, I’ve found myself absolutely inspired by the #gradblr community specifically. I’m hoping that by having a #studyblr, I can connect with other people who are serious about their studies and keep myself focused on my goals and ambitions. (Some of the studyblrs I love are: @finally-a-realistic-studyblr, @adhdscholar, @adhdstudying, @adhdstudytips, @joyceansreadjoyce, and @spoonie-studyblr; each of those are my go to blogs for getting inspired!)

I’m currently in Dublin until the end of July, working on an internship at Trinity College in the Classics Department. A lot of my favourite things to do are wandering the city, visiting museums especially the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, reading, drinking tea, and trying and failing to make new Irish friends. I have a weak spot for medieval/fantasy playlists and animated movies. 

Thanks for sticking with my intro post for as long as you did! I can’t wait to be part of a community I’ve loved for so long. 

kuro1492  asked:

Hello! I am soon going to be in Ireland for two weeks, starting in Dublin and ending the trip in Dingle. Can you give me any tips on what I could visit and you'd think is worth to see?

Hey @kuro1492 !

Well, since you’re going from Dublin to Dingle, I’ll assume that you’re going to be travelling along the coast or at least through the counties from the south-east to south-west. So for this, I’ll try and stick to attractions around those areas!

(source/original photo)

(Here’s a map just to give you a better idea of the places you might pass through on your trip)

Firstly, I suppose we’ll start with Dublin! Obviously since its our capital city, it is a very popular destination for tourists visiting Ireland, with plenty to see and do.

The most popular tourist attractions in the city are The Guiness Storehouse, The National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, Trinity College (where the Book of Kells is kept), St Patrick’s Cathedral,Temple Bar, and many more!

There are also other places like O’ Connell Street, where you can see the General Post Office(there’s a museum inside, it’s not just a post office lol), and the Spire. Grafton Street is also a great place for shopping, as well as seeing many different street performers. And just as you walk to the end of the street, you’ll find St Stephen’s Green, a lovely park and one of my own personal favourite part of the city.

Of course there are many things to see and do in Dublin, so if you think you might not have the time to do everything, there are tour buses that take you around the city and you get to see a lot of the sights this way.

(Also, just as a heads up. If you plan on going out to any of the restaurants or pubs, streets like Temple Bar are prone to being ridiculously expensive as they are often crowded with tourists. Dublin is an expensive city as it is, so I recommend you stay away from very “tourist-y” areas to save and get better value for your money.)



OKAY MOVING ON. Since I don’t know what places your planning on passing through, I’ll recommend some places that might be on the general route that your going!

If you go a little north from Dublin, you can drive to Tayto Park, a crisp themed amusement park/zoo (its not as bizarre as you might think, I swear. I’ve been there a few times and its actually really fun) in just over 30 minutes.

If your driving a bit further south, you’ll probably pass through County Wicklow. There you’ll find Glendalough, an early Christian settlement established in the 6th century, along with the beautiful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains. It should also be known that Wicklow is particularly famous for producing the best strawberries in the country, so they’re definitely worth a taste! (especially since this is the perfect time of year when they’re at their ripest!)

From then on, you can visit the beaches in Co. Wexford and Waterford, Cork City is also worth a visit for shopping, and there are always different cultural and arts festivals taking place around this time of year, so be sure to check them out.

(Okay this next one is slightly biased, but I just had to cut me some slack here)

If you happen to be going through Co. Tipperary, I highly recommend that you go visit The Rock of Cashel (and not just because its my hometown what are you talking about). In all seriousness, it is a great historic site and is one of the most visited places in the country. Along with the Rock, there is Hore Abbey just at the end of the hill, and two heritage museums that are within close walking distance from the Rock. So Cashel is another popular tourist spot you shouldn’t miss out on! (also in Tipperary, Cahir Castle is another lovely site that you should check out, and its only a 15 minute drive away from Cashel.)


Now as your going on into Co. Kerry, the town of Killarney is really lovely and with its National Park and many restaurants, pubs and cafes, its worth paying a visit there.


(just look at that scenery tho. Kerry is just a really pretty place in general)

And finally, since you’re ending your trip in Dingle, the sights of the coast at the Dingle Peninsula themselves are enough to leave you in awe. While your there, you can also take a boat ride out along the coastline and you might even get a chance to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin! All of this along with other sites and attractions in this area are a great way to end your journey here in Ireland

Of course, I’m only covering just a few of the countless things to see and do here on “The Emerald Isle”, but I hope this at least helps you gives you an idea of what you can expect here :-)

I hope you enjoy your trip here soon!

Slán go fóill


Look up.
Taken at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

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In a rare and wonderful treat for Titanic historians and casual fans alike, “new” photos of the Titanic have surfaced in a private collection and have been shown to the public for the first time in a century.

The photos show Titanic’s launch from the Harland and Wolff Arrol Gantry when she was just an empty hull, and the complete and freshly-painted ship’s departure from Belfast for sea trials. Other photos from the same collection also show Olympic, Titanic’s identical sister ship. All photos above are of Titanic.

While the number of photos of Titanic publicly known to exist is relatively small compared to those of Olympic, even as these new photos have been unveiled, there are most certainly other photos in private collections that have yet to be discovered or released.

The photos are currently on display at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Read more here.

Photos courtesy: National Museums Northern Ireland

The Gundestrup cauldron, seen here on display in the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen
The Gundestrup cauldron is a richly decorated silver vessel, thought to date between 200 BC and 300 AD, placing it within the late La Tène period or early Roman Iron Age. The cauldron is the largest known example of European Iron Age silver work (diameter: 69 cm, height: 42 cm). It was found in 1891 in a peat bog near the hamlet of Gundestrup in the Aars parish of Himmerland, Denmark (56°49′N 9°33′E). It is now housed at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen (with a replica in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.) Despite the fact that the vessel was found in Denmark, there has been a debate between a Gaulish origin and Thracian origin on account of the workmanship, metallurgy, and imagery.

Clonmacnoise Crucifixion Plaque

A plaque with a Crucifixion scene. Christ dominates the frame with outstretched arms, above him are angels and below him are his torturers. Densely stylized and ornamented with patterns and swirls.

Cast out of bronze, perhaps meant to be used as a book cover.

Made in the 10th century at the monastery of Clonmacnoise in Ireland during the Viking Age. Numerous attacks by the vikings may have had artistic influence on the early Irish monks. Currently held at the National Museum of Ireland.

The Lady in Black
(also known as Mrs Trevor)
Sir John Lavery, R.A. (1908)
Ulster Museum (National Museums Northern Ireland) - Belfast
Painting - oil on canvas


A shipbuilding scene from the Bayeux tapestry. On the left, a man is shaping a plank with a side axe (the panel further to the left shows cutting the trees down). Master shipwright is checking the lines of the hull, and others are adding the finishing touches. Completed hulls are then being dragged to the edge of the water. 

The bottom image is from the National Museum of Ireland, showing a scaled replica of a ship also shown on the tapestry.