It’s official! Thanks in no small part to Colin Farrell, the Irish accent has been voted the sexiest in the world. French men can only hang their heads in shame as they came FOURTH – just ahead of the Australian accent. The survey, which polled 5,000 women from around the world, revealed that Ireland is now tops for sexiest accent, beating out Italy and Scotland for the top spot. Ireland has been in or around the top spot for five years but this is the first win for the Emerald Isle. England was sixth and Sweden was seventh, with Spain, Wales and America completing the top 10. Source: Irish Central
As a schoolboy in London, Yeats longed for his native Sligo and as an adult he often returned there. He describes Sligo in his Reveries over Childhood and Youth and Sligo’s lake-studded landscape haunts his poetry. His gravestone in Drumcliff carries an epitaph he wrote himself, “Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman pass by.”
James Joyce was born in Dublin but spent most of his adult life in Europe. He used Dublin as the setting for all of his major works including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. Joyce claimed that if Dublin were ever destroyed, it could be recreated from the pages of Ulysses. The Irish branded the book pornographic and banned it until the 1960s.
Johnathan Swift was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He spent five years in England but returned to Dublin in 1694 after failure of his political career. After his return to Ireland, he began a life in the church, becoming the dean of St. Patrick’s in 1713. Swift also was a prolific commentator. His best-known work, Gulliver’s Travels, contains a bitter satire on Anglo-Irish relations. In his final years Swift suffered from Ménière’s disease, an illness of the ear which led many to believe him insane.
Viking raiders landed in Ireland in the late 8th century and founded Dublin in 841 A.D. They built a fort on the site of what is today Dublin Castle and also established a settlement along the bank of the Liffey at Wood Quay. Much of their trade was in silver, slaves and piracy. Following their defeat by Brian Boru in 1014 they integrated with the Irish people, adopting Christian beliefs.
Robert Emmet (1778-1803) is remembered as a heroic champion of Irish liberty.
September 5 to 29 was known in Celtic lore as the time of the Vine Moon. Pictures of grape vines were drawn on garden walls as a symbol to promote fertility in one’s garden. A common use for vines was to heal burns. The wound was dressed in leaves soaked in spring water. Each leaf had to be dipped three times to make it effective. Intoxication from wine was thought to be the possession of one’s self by the spirit of the vine. It was also used in the fairy realm to reach a deeper level of consciousness.