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archiemcphee:

This awesomely terrifying monstrosity is one of the world’s oldest surviving jack-o’-lanterns. It was carved from a turnip during the 19th century, but we think it looks like something that could’ve been created by Edmund Blackadder’s faithful Baldrick, known for his love of turnips. It’s currently on display at the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo, Ireland.
According to IrishCentral, Irish folklore claims the custom of carving jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween originated in Ireland, where turnips, mangelwurzel or beets were supposedly used before pumpkins came into play:

As the tale goes, a man called Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink and convinced him to shape-shift into a coin to pay with. When the devil obliged, Jack decided he wanted the coin for other purposes, and kept it in his pocket beside a small, silver cross to prevent it from turning back into the devil.
Jack eventually freed the devil under the condition that he wouldn’t bother Jack for one year, and wouldn’t claim Jack’s soul once he died. The next year, Jack tricked the devil once more by convincing him to climb up a tree to fetch a piece of fruit. When he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk so the devil couldn’t come down until he swore he wouldn’t bother Stingy Jack for another ten years.
When Jack died, God wouldn’t allow him into heaven and the devil wouldn’t allow him into hell. He was instead sent into the eternal night, with a burning coal inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He’s been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this spooky figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” which then became “Jack O’Lantern.”

Head over to IrishCentral to learn more about this spooky piece of Halloween history.
[via io9]

archiemcphee:

This awesomely terrifying monstrosity is one of the world’s oldest surviving jack-o’-lanterns. It was carved from a turnip during the 19th century, but we think it looks like something that could’ve been created by Edmund Blackadder’s faithful Baldrick, known for his love of turnips. It’s currently on display at the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo, Ireland.

According to IrishCentral, Irish folklore claims the custom of carving jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween originated in Ireland, where turnips, mangelwurzel or beets were supposedly used before pumpkins came into play:

As the tale goes, a man called Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink and convinced him to shape-shift into a coin to pay with. When the devil obliged, Jack decided he wanted the coin for other purposes, and kept it in his pocket beside a small, silver cross to prevent it from turning back into the devil.

Jack eventually freed the devil under the condition that he wouldn’t bother Jack for one year, and wouldn’t claim Jack’s soul once he died. The next year, Jack tricked the devil once more by convincing him to climb up a tree to fetch a piece of fruit. When he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk so the devil couldn’t come down until he swore he wouldn’t bother Stingy Jack for another ten years.

When Jack died, God wouldn’t allow him into heaven and the devil wouldn’t allow him into hell. He was instead sent into the eternal night, with a burning coal inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He’s been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this spooky figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” which then became “Jack O’Lantern.”

Head over to IrishCentral to learn more about this spooky piece of Halloween history.

[via io9]

dduane:

Um.

What even happened here

dduane:

Um.

What even happened here

josiephone:

This was an actual thing that was actually said in the live show.Also don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler.

josiephone:

This was an actual thing that was actually said in the live show.

Also don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler.

dildovanhouten:

we were protesting about water charges in Ireland this week

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he looks so proud

leannewoodfull:

So lucky to live in a country surrounded by such a rich history. ⛪️ #MellifontAbbey #Louth #IE #Ireland (at Mellifont Abbey)

leannewoodfull:

So lucky to live in a country surrounded by such a rich history. ⛪️ #MellifontAbbey #Louth #IE #Ireland (at Mellifont Abbey)

howling-stars:

Over 100,000 people at the national demonstration today against the Irish Government introducing water charges. A human right.

Not going to lie I grew up with the tricolour being Green, white and Gold too.
Anonymous

There must be a conspiracy in some primary schools! We need to get to the bottom of this…

Hey, sorry, I don't want to be super petty but a lot of the irish stuff you put up is quite painful sometimes and I was wondering if you wanted anyone fluent to check it over? that cruiscín thing literally made no grammatical sense.pink is just bándearg btw. Love the blog!
Anonymous

I’m fluent in Irish, but I’m unfortunately lazy sometimes and don’t always read things over completely. I’ll keep a sharper eye out!

Not gonna lie, I learned things today. I’d always been taught that it was green white and gold. My bad!