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Thoor Ballylee - County Galway - Ireland
Once known as Islandmore Castle, this evocative and atmospheric stone tower with its narrow and time-worn stairs was a virtual ruin when the poet W.BYeats (1865-1939) purchased it in 1917 for the nominal sum of £35.
Yeats renamed the building Thoor (being the Irish for tower) Ballylee, commenting that, ‘I think the harsh sound of Thoor amends the softness of the rest’. Following considerable restoration, the property was finally habitable in 1919 when it became his summer residence and thereafter, a central symbol of his poetry.
Yeats was a devotee of the occult, once observing that, ‘The mystical life is the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write’. He believed implicitly in the existance of ghosts and was convinced that the tower was haunted by an Anglo-Norman soldier. A later curator was also convinced that spectral form wandered the worn stairway of the tower, and was reluctant to ascend it as the day turned into night. Her suspicions were evidently shared by her pet dog who would frequently appear terrified of something it could apparently see in the downstairs rooms.
One summers afternoon in 1989, an English family touring County Galway arrived at the tower as it was closing. As they wished to photograph Yeat’s sitting room, the curator obligingly reopened the window shutters so that a picture could be taken. The husband, David Blinkthorne, stayed alone in the room to take several photographs while his family went off to explore the rest of the building. When the film was developed, Mr Blinkthorne was astonished to see on one of the prints the ghostly silhouette of what appeared to be a young boy, standing in front of the camera. No-one else had been in the room when the photograph was taken, and none of the other prints showed the strange and inexplicable apparition.
The ghostly boy’s identity still remains a mystery, although some have suggested that it may have been Yeats’s own son.
imagine a hogwarts in the future that accepts squibs
sure, they can’t do the practical side of charms, transfiguration and defence against the dark arts
but they become gifted potioneers, herbologists, they gain knowledge and prowess in subjects that don’t rely on wand magic
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
A moment of silence to all the kids who can’t wait to become a teenager because they think it’s fun
Two hours of silence for all the teenagers who can’t wait to become adults because they think they’ll get to do whatever they want
a shot of vodka to all the 20 somethings who are coping with a lack of rent money by sitting around eating captain crunch in dinosaur PJs wishing they were actually a pre-teen again.
I will do my best to carry you when you need a lift
Comfort you when you’re sad
We all feel down now and then
But I’m here if you need me
are girls still pretending they don’t masturbate?
I dunno, is society still teaching girls that anything related to their genitals is dirty and impure?
oH MY GOD
HOW DO YOU PHOTOSHOP
He’s finally ginger!
I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE
no matter how old I get
I will always be at least slightly convinced that I’m capable of hurting a stuffed animal’s feelings
#suddenly memories of trying to fit all of my stuffed animals on my bed because i don’t want any of them to feel left out
Toy Story mentally fucked a generation of kids.
i never saw toy story but i still do this shush
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The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family.
The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are."
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