Noones ever actually going to want to learn and speak Irish if theres no practical application for it outside the classroom. Like honestly its an official language of the state and yet our laws are all written in english, debated in english and upheld in court through english. A good place to start would be to make higher Irish compulsory for anyone pursuing a career in law starting this year with the aim that all court cases could be done through Irish by 2050, giving the current batch of lawyers time to retire. English became the predominant language here by doing all government business through it, we should do the same with Irish
Now this is a concept I can get behind in either a platonic or romantic sense (though Maggie would need to adopt a vegetarian diet to make being with a wolf pack member remotely possible). Seth is a kind, genuine sweetheart with nothing but good intentions, and that would appeal to Maggie given her impeccable radar for dishonesty and bull. While there’s not much else to go off of her based on canon, she and her coven are willing to fight for the Cullens simply because they feel it’s the right thing to do. That would appeal to Seth, who abandoned his pack to side with Jacob based purely on what he felt was right. I think the colonial histories of both their heritages would also create a sense of camaraderie between them, as well as a great respect for each other’s cultures.
While we’re on Hiberno-Native American relations, friendly reminder you can donate to the Navajo & Hopi Covid Relief Fund like many Irish people have been doing in remembrance of how Choctaw Nation donated to us during the Great Famine (the famine Maggie is supposed to have been changed in) 💚
He’s Early Middle Ages English which means he was born a couple of centuries before the first British invasion of Ireland...butttt I don’t think that would matter to Liam 💀 so there’s Romeo-and-Juliet potential with them which could be interesting but I think my girl Maggie deserves better!!! She deserves to either live eternity as a happy single kid or find someone the same age as her who was also changed during a time of British rule in any place they had/have – be it Ireland, Scotland, India, Nigeria, so on (there’s quite a few countries to choose from! 🥴), I think it’d be nice for her to find that level of cultural understanding with someone else 💚
me: this is why it’d be historically and culturally inaccurate for an irish person of a certain period to be friends with an english person of a certain period
brits/anglophiles: sO yOu WoULdN’t bE fRiEnDs WiTh a BriTiSh pErSoN bAsEd On yOuR oWn GeNeRaLiSaTiOnS???
also what actions and character should siobhán judge carlisle by if she’s not allowed take her own cultural experiences into account??? moving to an area while knowing his family’s presence would change the genes of the local tribe??? allowing his family to treat the pack like shit??? changing a dying woman bc he recognised her from when she was a pretty 16-year-old??? changing another dying woman bc he thought she’d make a good bride for his son??? letting a confederate into his family??? drugging (and ditching) a woman in order to steal her car??? stealing jacob’s dna out of his own curiousity??? those actions??????? that character???????????? 🥴🥴🥴🥴🥴
AN IRISH 'CELTIC REVIVAL' FOUR PIECE SILVER TEA SERVICE, Dublin c.1978, mark of George Bellew & Sons Ltd, comprising: teapot, hot water pot, cream jug and sugar bowl, each decorated in the Celtic Revival pattern and raised on spreading circular foot, the pots with harp finials
ok i see your point re: siobhan and sounding like a man wrote her but i did see someone on tiktok point out that it's one of the rare instances of a plus-sized woman being described in a way that makes sure the reader thinks she's beautiful and that's pretty cool (not defending smeyer at all i'm just saying the books do have their moments)
I mean plus-sized women are still subject to the male gaze tho??? But I get what you mean. I wish the movie version looked more like how she was described in the book and that a plus-sized Irish actress could’ve played her
i’m sorry but there’s no way siobhán would be friends with carlisle like she was born in medieval ireland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you’re telling me someone who wouldn’t have spoken english til british colonialism forced her to several centuries later would go on to befriend an anglican englishman after all the british colonialism and resistance to it she’d have lived through?????????????????? i don’t think
Would you mind sharing some headcanons for Irish/American Emmett?? 🥺 What do you think is the story of his parents or like what connection does he have with his identity? Both in Cullanos or in canon?
Irish-American culture seems quite different to Irish culture in a lot of ways (when I was in the US I first heard the term “an Irish goodbye”, which apparently means leaving a place without saying goodbye, and that was so bizarre to me because actual Irish people say goodbye about four times and are still there talking an hour after saying their first 💀) so I’m not entirely sure but I’m gonna project as someone who lived in the US for a period of time and wondered how I’d keep my kids close to my culture if I was to settle there!!!!!! Lol
I know that while a lot of plastic Paddys claim heritage without knowing anything about where their ancestors came from, the country itself, or the culture and instead perpetuate cringe stereotypes about The Old Country™️, there are plenty of Irish-Americans who are closer to their roots, especially when their parents or grandparents were Irish and so an actual Irish person from Ireland had a hand in how they were raised. Given the time and place Canon Emmett is from (Tennessee, 1915), he’s probably more likely to be a descendant of immigrants or indentured servants to the Appalachian region in the 18th Century.
But I like to pretend he was born in NYC or Boston to fresh-off-the-boat parents from Cork (where the McCarthy with a T surname hails from). Cities on the coastal East make a lot of sense, given how many Irish construction workers sailed across the Atlantic there for a better life at that time bc of how poverty-stricken Ireland was while under British rule. And his English forename would still make sense bc English would’ve been widely spoken in Ireland by that point, plus many Irish immigrants would’ve given their American-born kids English names for assimilation purposes.
I like to think of first-gen Emmett’s bedtime stories coming from Irish legends and folklore; his mother telling him about Oisín and Niamh in Tír na nÓg, the Children of Lir, the Salmon of Knowledge and so much more. My personal lil headcanon is that Emmett truly respects the wolf pack and is actually happy when the Cullens finally get to work with them, because they remind him of the stories he grew up listening to about shapeshifters who took the form of wolves (this is a really common thing in Irish mythology).
His surname suggests he’s also Irish Catholic so I find the idea of his mother dragging him to mass or confession hilarious. I can literally picture him in the confession box mumbling “bless me Father for I have sinned” and the priest recognising his voice and smelling the stale alcohol and being like “Christ above, Emmett, what have you done this time?”
We know he was into his drinking, gambling and womanising as a human so I’d say he was consistently threatened with this Irish Mammy favourite:
👆🏻This also fits perfectly with the fandom canon that Emmett calls Esme “Ma”, it’s what many Irish people call their mothers (as fans of Derry Girls will know). Irish mothers also worship their first-born son so I’d say he was such a mama’s boy who adored her and that’s why he adores Esme — he loves that maternal dynamic.
The eldest kids in large Irish families also would’ve had quite a few responsibilities when it came to looking after the younger kids (taking them to school, minding them etc) because both parents had to work to make ends meet and/or bc there were so many kids to be looked after! So I imagine Emmett as a loving older brother who was surprisingly responsible in his care-taking duties. With both this and what I hc about his mother, I find it very hard to get on board with the idea that he just took to his new vampire life with no questions or hesitations. I hc him and Rose having a much more slow-burning romance than they were given, and that they bonded while she grieved her humanity and he grieved his family.
I think it’s really sweet to imagine them spending one of their honeymoons in Ireland, given how his parents likely wouldn’t have been able to ever afford going back once they immigrated. So he’d never have seen the country he heard so much about growing up while human, and I think he’d make it his business to do so as a vampire. Plus it’s such a small island that it’d probably take them 5 mins to run from one side of the coast to the other, meaning they’d fit lots of different parts of the country in on their visit!!!! There’s this Celtic wedding tradition called handfasting which symbolises the binding of two lives by tying the couples’ hands together with knots of cloth (it’s actually where the phrase “tie the knot” comes from!), so I also hc them having an extra lil ceremony to do that while they’re there, maybe in Cork as a nod to his parents. 🥺🥰
The Cullanos are affecting our lives now. Hence, I wanted to ask, could you tell us which specific weapons/guns are each character’s favourite? And Why? 😌🔫🧨🔪
I’m gonna start with just the few characters you’ve met or who have been mentioned in the story so far and will update when @carllisle and I put the lore out there lol but for now:
Esme’s favourite are her two trusted pistols that she always keeps in her thigh holsters (which she almost always gets “Caaahhhl” to put on). She’s a mean shooter, with p much impeccable aim. A fine wine connoisseur, she’s partial to breaking bottles and stabbing with the broken glass end. Howeverrrrrr she’s also been known to make good use out of the pizzeria’s pizza slicer. Just ask Carlisle’s second wife. Oh wait, you can’t. She’s dead. 👀
Carlisle prefers more hands-on work so he only really uses guns when there’s a need for it. Otherwise he prefers strangling with his beloved scarves or rosary beads, or using blunt force with whatever object he has to hand — bat, crowbar, hammer, rock, candlestick; it doesn’t matter as long as it’s heavy enough to get the job done when swung. He likes to join his bloody hands together in prayer after each killing. If he has time, he’ll dismember the bodies because he has an appreciation of human anatomy. That’s how he got the nickname ‘the Surgeon’.
Rosalie in the story you’ve seen doesn’t yet know how to shoot but when she soon learns, she prefers something clean and effective. She likes working with snipers because the way she’s able to take someone out from such a far distance does wonders for her ego. The viewfinder also reminds her of the video games she played as a kid. If she needs to kill up close, she prefers using a gun with a silencer, or slitting the throat with a blade in one quick movement.
Emmett ‘Muscles’ McCarthy is, like Carlisle, more of a hands-on guy, so he prefers to body people with his actual body. Throwing fists, kicking/stomping feet, headbutting, bodyslamming, choking — he’s big and powerful enough to kill with any of these methods. He also loves explosives and acts like a giddy schoolboy when Carlisle and Esme let him use them.
Alice works for the Cullanos mostly through her high-tech skills, but she’s actually an incredibly gifted knife-thrower. Be it a dagger or a kitchen knife, she knows how to aim and make a blade stick. She also has the most insane contacts from all over the world so sometimes arrives to work with a case of vials like “hey a friend from Latvia gave me this poison that causes you to cry blood before your brain eventually explodes so I thought you might like it” and then just goes back to her computer while Carlisle and Esme are like ??????????????????????
I STRONGLY headcanon garrett as Irish who left Ireland for the Americas with his mother and sister after his father died. When he got wind of the revolution, he was only too stoked to take up arms against the Brits. That’s why he’s still so anti-Brit even in modern day 🤷🏼♀️
That’s also why he’s hot (💁🏼♀️) and why he’s so attracted to badass women (he grew up around them). Garrett was born in the mid-1700s which would have been a particularly poverty-stricken time in Ireland — the Protestant Ascendancy was probably at its peak about now meaning very few Irish people owned their own land, and Protestant settler estate owners had Catholic Irish tenants work the land for export. So the country was producing mass amounts of good food to be eaten elsewhere (which the colonial presence profited from rather than the Irish people who worked the land), while its actual people were hungrily reliant on potatoes and grain. There had also been a famine in the 1740s — not the big famous potato blight one of the 1840s; another one. gotta love colonial decimation! — so it’s absolutely plausible Garrett would’ve been raised in an Ireland where anti-British sentiment was ever-increasing as a result of widespread poverty, which would also allow for him to emigrate. From here on out, Garrett is renamed Gearóid. Thanks everybody, you can all go home now!!!