Saturday, March 18, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Apreciation Post

Hello there! How are you? It's Saturday, which means: no classes today! Hence my good mood.

Yesterday was St. Pat's day and judging by my Instagram, lots of people had a great time. I hope you did too. In honor of this holiday, I decided to make and Irish appreciation post. I'll go through some renown authors and actors that I think are awesome. Let's get started!


We have a wide range of Irish authors that deserve recognition. I'll arrange them by date of birth so nobody get's jealous, alright?

Jonathan Swift

Born on November 30th of 1667 in Dublin

Most known by: Gulliver's Travels

Fun Fact: Appropriately, he was Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Oh, and Queen Anne hated him.

Bram Stoker

Born on November 8th of 1947 in Clontarf.

Most known by: Dracula 

Fun Fact: He married Oscar Wilde's ex girlfriend! What a pal.

Do you think their fight went something like this?

Oscar Wilde

Born on October 16 of 1854 in Dublin

Most known by: The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest

Fun Fact: He spent two years in prison after being condemned for having a homosexual relationship. Okay, maybe not so fun. 

James Joyce

Born on February 2nd of 1882 in Rathgar

Most known by: Dubliners and Ulysses

Fun Fact: He was on the Irish £10 banknote from 1993 to 2002.

C. S. Lewis

Born on November 29th of 1898 in Belfast

Most known by: The Chronicles of Narnia

Fun Fact: He was a close friend to J. R. R. Tolkien. Like many, he was a big fan of the Beatrix Potter's stories.


For this category I didn't just include any actor. I picked actors who have been involved in a book adaptation (on the "known by" part.) Let's see who we have here:

Michelle Fairley

Born in July 1965 in Coleraine

Known by: Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 and In the Heart of the Sea.

Colin Farrell 

Born on May 31st of 1976 in Castleknock

Known by: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Winter's Tale and Daredevil.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

Born on July 27th of 1977 in Drimnagh

Known by: Dracula and The Mortal Instruments.

Catriona Balfe

Born on October 4th of 1979 in Dublin

Known by: Outlander.

Devon Murray

Born on October 28th of 1988 in Kildare

Known by: Harry Potter Franchise.

Evanna Lynch

Born on August 16th of 1991 in Termonfeckin

Known by: Harry Potter Franchise.

Saoirse Ronan

Born on April 12th of 1994 in New York (Raised in Dublin)

Known by: Brooklyn, The Lovely Bones, The Host, The Grand Budapest Hotel, How I Live now and City of Ember.

There you have it! Personally, I only knew about James Joyce and Saoirse, the rest were quite a shock. We learn something new every day.

Did you find it interesting? I sure did. Let me know your thought in the comments!

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