Mar 15, 2013 by

Celtic pipe band from Asturias marches in the 2007 St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland—Asturias is part of Celtic Iberia image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/

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Feb 26, 2013 by

Mountjoy Square, Dublin

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Feb 13, 2013 by

Dublin, Ireland—founded by Vikings

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Feb 13, 2013 by

The Valkyries go weaving/ with drawn swords, Hild and Hjorthrimul,/ Sanngrid and Svipul. Spears will shatter/ shields will splinter, Swords will gnaw/ like wolves through armor. “Darraðarljóð “, a skaldic poem in Old Norse found in c hapter 156 of Njáls Saga. The song consists of 11 stanzas, and within it twelve valkyries weave and choose who is to be slain at the Battle of Clontarf (fought outside Dublin in 1014 CE).

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Feb 7, 2013 by

An Irishman looking through a bullet-riddled window pane during the Irish Civil War. Dublin, 1922. Photo by Walter Doughty.

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Feb 5, 2013 by

Forged flowers in the garden at Harlech House, Dublin

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Feb 5, 2013 by

n Dublin, Ireland, stands an estate reminiscent of old folklore, complete with its own dragon! Of course, dragons are mythical creatures, so this home only has a dragon made of steel which acts as its gatekeeper. The property, known at Harlech House, was originally built in 1798 by a Welsh immigrant. (The estate is actually named after a town in Wales called Harlech and the national flag has a dragon on it.) Harlech House sits on less than an acre of land but is full of enchantment. It features religious iconography and fairy-tale motifs throughout the seven-bedroom home, but it’s the dragon gate that grabs the most attention. A common technique employed throughout the construction of the estate, including the gate, is the use of curves. The silver dragon is composed of perfectly curved stainless steel and glass-blown eyes. The wings display a metallic mesh and the rings at the dragon’s sides are individually hand-forged to look like chain mail, adding a different texture to the piece. In addition , the dragon gate’s reflective nature causes it to highlight and mimic the colors of its surroundings, providing more variations in shade and tone. Despite using one element, the dragon is layered and has a complex surface and varied appearance. The primary intention for this establishment is not only to offer a fantastical experience, but also to be pleasing to the eye. It’s also meant to entice large groups of people to enter.

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