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In the 1980s, a scuba diver suddenly reappeared, unconscious, after having gone missing several days before. When he was found and reawakened, he was naked, shaking and mumbling over and over again about “monsters” he had encountered under the water. The Dublin Lake Monsters were said to be living in an underwater cave in this New Hampshire lake. However, the diver could not give a physical description of these monsters even though the sight of them or whatever they had done left the poor man terrified. 


So yesterday and today I met Emily, Nolan and Troy in Dublin and I still cannot believe how kind and sweet each of them were. They answered my question at the conference panel, signed my games and posters and Nolan gave me some advise for the future, Emily wishing me the best in my career and getting a photo with Troy - People say “never meet your idols” but this experience proved that saying wrong in every way, I’m nothing less than grateful and happy to have met these people and I hope we do again in the future soon. 👏😇

The Vikings in Ireland: The First Wave, 795 - 873.

The initial phase of Viking involvement in Ireland consisted of multiple “hit-and-run” type raids. Starting with the raid on the wealthy monastery of Lambay Island in 795, the Vikings began their plunder. Lambay lies just north of Dublin Bay, however, at this point there was no Dublin. Dublin would later be settled by Vikings in 841 as a longphort (a type of photo-settlement allowing safe harborage for raiding activities) during the second phase of Viking actions in Ireland.

The Vikings came in search of loot and treasure, of which monasteries sure had a lot of during the middle ages. However, they were not alone in this, “for native Irish raiders did not scruple or emulate [the Vikings’] example”(2). Irish society was unique from the rest of Christendom in that they were a fractured society familiar with tribal politics. Although these initial raids do shock the land, the people of Ireland were not estranged from violence and would eventually adapt as seen in the later Viking activities.

Some notable events….

795: Lambay
802: Iona (moves to Kells, 807 - Book of Kells)
812: Irish resistance
824: Bangor (bolder raids)
832: Armagh (several times)
835: Clonmacnoise
841: Longphort at Linn Dúachaill and Duiblinn
842: Viking participation in Irish conflicts


  1. Haywood, John. “Vikings in Ireland I.” In The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings. London: Penguin, 1995. 
  2. Killeen, Richard. “Vikings.” In A Brief History of Ireland: Land, People, and History. Running Press, 2012. 
  3. Dukes-Knight, Jennifer. “Vikings in Ireland.” Lecture, Viking History, University of South Florida, 2015.

Anonymous asked:

Here’s a writing question. When it comes to writing thick accents through writing; well, I have a character who has a thick Irish accent and he uses words like “yer” and “arse”. When writing his dialogue, is is acceptable to add words that he pronounces differently or would that confuse the readers?

So, there are a lot of things to unpack here…

1) There’s no such thing as an “Irish accent.” Ireland, like all other countries, encompasses numerous accents, all of them different and region specific. So, saying that someone has “an Irish accent” is like saying someone is wearing a beautiful “pastel-colored dress.” It gives us a general idea of what’s being described, but it isn’t specific at all. 

2) Portraying an accent phonetically requires misspellings and other acrobatics that are confusing to the reader, often inaccurate, and are almost always offensive.

3) It’s best to use other means to clarify that a character has an accent. Here are some things you can do instead, alone or in combination:

- Just say where the person is from. “Maryann was from County Kerry in Ireland.” 

- Just say what accent they speak with. “From John’s accent, I could tell he hailed from the north side of Dublin, or thereabouts.” 

In both of the above cases, it’s accurate and to the point, even if the reader has to use their imagination. If it’s important, a lot of readers will look it up. Have a little faith in your readers. :)

- Describe the way the accent sounds. Accent videos are a YouTube staple, so you should be able to find videos of just about any accent. Some of them will describe the characteristics that make the accent stand out from others. Things like “long O sounds” or “dropped D sounds” for example. 

You can also add atmospheric descriptors which aren’t really accent specific, but can help readers imagine an accent. This is especially helpful in fantasies, when you can’t use real world places to describe accents. Something like, “She spoke with the melodic accent of the southern coastal grasslands, all drawn out vowels and clipped Ts and Ds.” WORD OF CAUTION, however: don’t attempt this with a real accent unless you have a legitimate source (preferably someone who actually uses the accent) or are familiar enough with it to describe it correctly.

- Use slang words (like “yer” and “arse” as you described) to help place the character’s origin. Do some research and you can find slang that gets very specific, right down to the city most of the time. You can also do a search like “Dublin slang.” Or “1930s New York City slang.”

Thanks for your question! :)

bubblebuttpillowcase said: J.K Rowling did it tho so i dont think it should be that big of a deal.  Just saying a location probably wont do it for most. I donk know accents based on locations like that and i dont think anyone would look it ip. I think this is more of an opinion based thing? Its great to be specific and acuret and its a great way to do it. But i think writing the accent would make it esyer to read and understand the accent to make it flow more.

WQA responded: Yep! It’s absolutely an opinion-based thing, but many things where writing is concerned is a matter of opinion. Yes, J.K. Rowling did it, most of us aren’t J.K. Rowling and never will be. ;) And, in truth, she is British and I’m pretty sure any accents she portrayed that way were also British, so probably accents she was familiar enough with to portray them that way. If you’re comfortable enough with an accent to portray it accurately and non-offensively, then by all means have a great time! I’m simply saying that it’s not ideal because most of us will make mistakes, create something that is clunky for our readers, and will potentially offend some of our readers.

Have a writing question? I’d love to hear from you! Prohibited topics: portrayal of diverse characters, emotions, specialist knowledge questions (medical, etc.), “how to portray/describe,” asking for tropes/cliches; broad, vague, or complicated questions. See master list & main site for more info!

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



The town I was born & raised in & haven’t been to since 2006, Scarborough, at dusk, ft. me on a bus back home in Ireland on my way to a barcade before seeing a movie about Turkish street cats. It’s been a mad few weeks. It was so weird to go home and explore where I grew up with my partner but it was nice to finally get closure too. It’s been lovely.

More Michael Yew
  •  He has an Irish accent, more specifically north dubliner
  •  He never tops five feet, and when he stops growing he’s at 4'10
  •  He hates for most people to touch him, but when someone he likes hugs him he just burrows into it
  •  He’s a little spoon
  •  All Apollo kids are like hot water bottles, even in winter they’re always warm
  •  He’s not good at healing and can’t do much more than bandage, and give out nectar and ambrosia
  •  He writes the most beautiful poetry and short stories though
  •  People sometimes pick him up without warning to fuck with him and it really freaks him out
  •  He will kick the shit out of you
  •  He has a scar where one of his family members hit him at the base of his head with an iron skillet (the story changes every time, it was actually his aunt) 
  •  He has scars from the bridge incident, most notably one that wraps around from the top of one shoulder to the top of his opposite hip. (A cable snapped against him and split his back open )
  •  He is very much bi
  •  When someone like one of his siblings or significant other pissed him off, instead of screaming, he left bad haikus on sticky notes on all of their stuff until the issue was resolved
  •  Him and Clarisse don’t hate each other, they’re actually really good friends most of the time, they’re just both stubborn hotheads
  •  He can’t drive. At all. He once drove a golf cart into a tree.
  •  He can ride small motorcycles, and he owns one
  •  Everyone calls Annabeth and Michael books bros, because they started a book club that only has two memebers
  •  Most of their meetings lead to passionate debates
  •  He never got over his “punk” phase,  and has a thing for leather jackets and boots
  •  He’s an emotional drunk
  •  On his sixteenth birthday he got a shamrock on his upper thigh for a dare

licnelle  asked:

I caved, retentionsx?

Send Me A URL! /// Accepting ♚

Opinion on @retentionsx

♥♥♥ Hahahahaha, I am laughing nervously bc I can’t pronounce URLs ^^; I hope this is okay! I wish I could have said more !!

And my North Dublin accent is so prominent in this one, so I apologise if I don’t make any sense xD

anonymous asked:

Hi Alex! Pls share Dublin highlights. Will be there next month and would love some insider tips. (Shopping as well if it's any good) Thank youxx

Ok so I was there for three days.

We stayed at the Ashling in North Dublin, which was a bit out of the way but mostly fine. Some of my recommendations are going to be around there though.

Day 1:

Breakfast/lunch/brunch: Brother Hubbard (there’s one in North and one in South). I loved this place, very unique vibe, kind of the anti-pub food place, but the portions were huge.

We went around Temple Bar just to see and we ended up at Oliver St. John Gogarty’s because it was the only one with music at 2pm. It was super touristy but also hilarious? We ended up back there again the next day and it was full of people dancing at 4:30pm because everyone was pre-gaming for the Coldplay concert at Croke Park that night. It was so fun I have to recommend it even though it’s definitely a bit of a shithole.

Avoca, The Irish Design Shop, The Townhouse, and Siopaella are all worth a stop for shopping in that area.

Dinner: Gusto (near our hotel), decent Italian, super friendly staff and patrons

Day 2:

National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. It was free and amazing. I loved the whole thing. There’s a ton of stuff about the 1916 Easter Rising because it was the 100 year anniversary last year. That’s also where the Niall portrait is if you can find the gallery. You can spend a half day there easily.

We then got drinks at the bar at the Jameson experience thing. We didn’t do a tour there because it’s not actually a functioning distillery. I walked through Dublin Vintage Factory nearby and that was very cool.

We walked through city center and it was a mad house so we ended up wandering back to a restaurant called Wuff on the North side for dinner, which we all loved.

Day 3:

The Guinness Storehouse. It’s the #1 tourist attraction in Ireland and we even had locals telling us we should go. It’s super fun and really well done and you should definitely get your free beer up in the Gravity Bar on the top floor. 360 degree views of Dublin.

Then we walked to the Teeling’s Distillery for a tour which was super modern and cool. If you like whiskey, it’s a good one. We ate at their cafe.

For dinner we went to F.X. Buckley’s near our hotel. It was a relaxed steakhouse that needed reservations.

Over the three days, we walked around Trinity College and St. Stephan’s Green and St. Patrick’s Cathedral but didn’t go in. Trinity was really hectic and we were jet lagged. Everyone in the city was really tourist-friendly though. We got a lot of info from people who just wanted to chat next to us at dinner every night.

Dublin is actually pretty small, so you may want to book a day trip out of the city for one day.

There isn’t a ton of public transit that easily accessible/understandable. But we walked to most things and took 1 or 2 cabs and they weren’t bad.

Hope that helps!!


Two amateur astronomers captured something slamming into Jupiter

It’s amazing how you can observe and capture what’s going on in space with a telescope and a camera in your backyard. On March 17th, Gerrit Kernbauer, an amateur astronomer using a 20 cm telescope in Mödling, Austria, and John McKeon, observing with a 28 cm ‘scope north of Dublin, were both taking a video of Jupiter (that way you can pick the best parts of the captured frames to create a high-resolution image). While analyzing footage afterwards, it turned out there was a surprise bonus: they had captured the impact of a small comet or asteroid into Jupiter!

As Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy mentioned, Jupiter actually gets hit a lot. Impacts or their aftermath have been captured in 1994, 20092010, and 2012. So, on average Jupiter could get hit by something big enough to see from Earth about once per year, but we just might not chance upon it. Plus, we don’t see the ones on the far side of the planet.

Anyway, thanks, Jupiter, for taking those hits for us ❤️

Original videos here and here

Brandon Flowers: ‘The first time I met U2 they were hiding on the Olympia’s balcony’

The Killers’ singer Brandon Flowers on meeting Bono and the boys, rumours that his band are breaking up and why it’s not arrogant to claim that his outfit are one of the best in the world

He may be from the desert landscape of Las Vegas Nevada, but for Brandon Flowers, coming to Ireland has been a homecoming of sorts.

When he jetted into Dublin last week for a concert at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, one might be forgiven for thinking that the rock star was toning things down.
In actual fact, Flowers and his band have never been more popular in Ireland, and he knows this all too well, conceding that “pound for pound” it’s the “biggest place for fans of The Killers”.

But this time it’s all solo for Flowers, who has just started touring in Europe on the back of his new record, The Desired Effect.

He told the Herald that there was a unique “love” that he feels from the Irish crowd, that allows him to “let loose” on stage - and it’s something that he attributes back to a certain band from the North side of Dublin.

“There’s the whole U2 thing here I think, their spirit is just here, even when they’re not,” he says.

He ponders back on The Killers first gig in the Olympia in 2004, where Bono and co tried to disguise themselves in the upper balcony.

“That was the first time I met Bono,” Brandon says. “They were trying to hide themselves but it was just impossible!”

Another unexpected Irish connection arises as Brandon reveals that one of his crew originally came from Dublin.

“Our lighting guy, his name is Stephen Douglas, and he has been on the road with The Killers for ten years now. We played here in the Olympia in 2004 and he was the house lighting guy. We liked his show, he put effort into it and he did cues and things like that. So we took him on and he’s with us ever since.”

Flowers also says that the majority of his music taste stems from Ireland, Britain and Europe, which is why he feels he enjoys more fame here than in his native country. These tastes are to the fore on his new solo album, The Desired Effect, an record the Vegas native admits he wanted to make radio-friendly.

“It used to not be a dirty thing to aspire to be on the radio,” he says. “On this record I definitely wanted to put my best foot forward.”

“I’ve never been ashamed of liking music that I heard on the radio, but I listen to a lot of classic rock and pop and I love the craft. I appreciate the craft so much and I think that I just really applied all of that into these songs,” he says.

Since the release of the album this month, Flowers has already released four singles, including the haunting Lonely Town.

Brandon admits that the song has a personal connection, but like many of the songs on the album, “it’s not the Brandon you might be accustomed to today”.
“I’m definitely lurking in every song and in Lonely Town I am literally lurking,” he says, of a song with stalker theme.

The album’s slow and melodic closer, The Way it’s Always Been, is his favourite song on the record, though he says he his proud of all of them.

Like his previous hits, Brandon never grows tired of performing them live, saying that he hasn’t even got sick of the Killers now 11-year-old hit, Mr Brightside.

“When you go and see a band that you love or maybe that you’re not even sure about, the things that you’re certain about are the songs that first attracted you to that band and its weird to withhold that from people. I’ve never gotten bored of playing it,” he says.

He’s also keen to portray his humility and respect for his audience, saying that “they have paid their hard earned money” to come and see him.

In the past, Flowers has been accused of being arrogant for apparently saying that The Killers were 'the best band’ in the last 20 years. Eager to clear his name, he says that he meant “one of the best”.

“It’s tough because I wish everyone could come and be on the couch when I said it in an interview and under what circumstances that I said it, because people just pick up the wrong headline,” he said. "It makes me look bad.“

Brandon is a man who appreciates the past, name dropping The Cars, the Pet Shop Boys and INXS as major influences.

"In the same interviews where they say I claimed I’m the best, I talk about my reverence for the past and the greats and how hard it has been for me to step into those shoes, but they [journalists] don’t talk about that stuff. But one of the best is not a far reach and I’ll say that again, we are one of the best.”

The Killers have been on hiatus since the end of their last tour in 2013, and with Brandon’s second solo outing, many have speculated that the band are on the verge of breaking up. However, Brandon assures that there is “no crisis”.

While he says there are no plans for the group to call it a day he does concede that the band needs to find a new direction.

“I think we do definitely need to find that spirit,” he says. "I feel like if we applied that spirit that we had when we were making the first couple of records, to the confidence that we have acquired and the experience that we have acquired, I think that we could be deadly.

“I’m really excited about what we still have to offer.”

     “Oh, my God, look at me! I look like a scarecrow!”
     “You look great.”
     “No, I don’t. I’ve been out here for hours and I’m 74 and a half, so take your pick.”
     “You look nice.”
     “I look like a hen. My hair doesn’t do very well outside. I don’t care. You’ll never get another chance. I’m not going to be around much longer. My mother died when she was 74—it’s amazing how history repeats itself.”
     “Tell me more about yourself.”
     “You could probably write 10 books about my life. I wrote a book and lost it on the computer.
     I was born on a farm 30 miles north of Dublin, Ireland, and I never had a house until this one. I was born on Christmas Day, the day before my husband was born. I came over here in 1965, and I suffered from major depression for most of my marriage. My husband was abusive physically, emotionally, and financially. I could’ve lived with him until I was 74—or even 174—and he only got worse. He hit me, spat on me and called me ‘scum.’ He used one credit card after another and didn’t pay the bills. Our gas was cut off, then the electricity, and then we were threatened with foreclosures. He made four kids—the first three within a year of each other—and one day he threw me out. Then he brainwashed the kids, and now he lives in Ireland and everyone treats him like a king.
     I worked at Mass General for 31 years. They didn’t want to let me go because I was fantastic at typing, but now I have two kinds of arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. I started typing at school in 1954—how long is that, 50 or 60 years?
     I retired at 69 and a half, and I’ve been working like a dog ever since. I’m a maniac—an obsessive compulsive—and that’s what keeps me going.”
     “Why didn’t you try to get out of your marriage?”
     “I don’t know. I’m just so patient, and then I began to wonder, Why did I waste so much time? I was too conscientious, too devoted. I didn’t want my kids to suffer, so I pretended everything was OK. I had no family here, no one to stand up for me. Back then, there wasn’t much support for women. There were no shelters or anything like this. I checked and I looked. Even the judge didn’t believe me; he believed him.
     More pictures? Look at my hair! My mother had the same kind of hair. I’m very much like her. I never had nice hair, but I am a good person. Wouldn’t you say I am a good person? But I don’t think my husband wanted to be married, as he wouldn’t have waited that long for me: He would’ve gotten someone else.  I wasn’t much to look at.”
     “Why do you keep saying this?”
     “Because it’s true. I had a lazy eye, lousy hair, and I was short. But I had a good heart and a good mind, and those things are important in my book.” 
     “Why did you marry him in the first place?”
     “I had no experience. We weren’t allowed to go out until we were 18, and then it would be once a week—chaperoned. How can you find a husband? We didn’t know beans about finding a husband. It was even worse for the men. They wouldn’t be allowed to marry until their parents were nearly dead. There were so many spinsters, and the parents were so possessive: ‘You stay home and take care of us.’ I stayed home until I was 25 and then I said, ‘If I stay any longer, I will be on the shelf.’ So I got out and I didn’t want to go back home with my tail between my legs, so I got married. But I still don’t know why I married him. It was probably because he was the first one to smile at me.”