Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

A Short History of the Fall of Gaelic-Norse Dublin and Subsequent Victory Over Rival York, for Bostonians

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Here’s a new one in the McSweeney’s line of profanity-laden history lessons to help get you into that special green-beer drinking mood:

A Short History of the Fall of Gaelic-Norse Dublin and Subsequent Victory Over Rival York, for Bostonians

And just for kicks because it’s cool:

Medieval Magical Mystery Tour

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Roll up, roll up, roll up for the medieval magical mystery tour! The medieval magical mystery tour’s Vikings are dying to take you and everything that you hold dear away…

So I just had a chance to see this quirky, little animated movie with a neat visual style called The Secret of Kells. The plot is about the writing of the Book of Kells and is set against a medieval backdrop of Irish monasticism and mythology, dark and magical Irish forests, and, best of all, the omnipresent threat of bloodthirsty Vikings.

Yes, that’s right, this medieval magical mystery tour has got everything you need, so satisfaction is…mostly guaranteed. Turns out that the Vikings here are portrayed as horned demons with gray beards. Oh, the indignity of such misrepresentative animation! Why couldn’t these Vikings have had blond or even red beards like they’re supposed to?

A Short History of the Epic Norse Slaughter at Clontarf for Bostonians

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

A Short History of the Epic Norse Slaughter at Clontarf for Bostonians: an educational lesson at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Starting with this one, these lessons in Norse history are becoming a regular feature over there. Now, don’t get too excited all at once.

A Short History of the Norse Occupation of Dublin for Bostonians

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A Short History of the Norse Occupation of Dublin for Bostonians

Viking history for Saint Patrick’s Day over at McSweeney’s! Go ahead, click on the link. I double dog dare you.

Irish Glory

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Normally I don’t condone Viking defeats, but I’m always willing to make an exception when it involves beer, especially when it involves Irish beer during this particular time of year!

Legbiter Ale is brewed by Strangford Lough Brewing Company and is dedicated to King Magnus Barefoot of Norway, who sailed to Ireland to monger war, conquer, pillage, and die in battle (click the photo to go to the brewery’s website). He is said to be buried near Saint Patrick in County Down, Northern Ireland.

More information about Viking history in Ireland (particularly as it relates to Bostonians) shall be posted here on Wednesday the 17th if all goes according to plan.

Sláinte/skål!