May 05, 2003
Welcome to our new blog. Still discovering the ins and outs of Movable Type - but it's a joy not to have to futz around continually with the archives in order to have working permalinks. We've decided provisionally to rename the blog - Farrellblogger was an ugly neologism chosen at 2am in the morning which I've never been entirely happy with. The 'official' title of the blog is now Gallowglass, a technical term for a class of an Irish mercenary who served in foreign wars in the Middle Ages. As both Maria and I are Irish expatriates, we thought that was appropriate. But feel free to refer to us (as many of you do) as Henry and Maria Farrell, the Farrell siblings, or whatever else takes yer fancy. As long as you link to us, we're happy.
Posted by Henry at May 5, 2003 12:59 PM
Mazel tov, it looks lovely. I hope you will inspire me to get off my duff and do the Movable Type thing as well.
Looks great! Hope you enjoy playing with moveable type - it’s great stuff. Speaking of which, I better go update my link paths :) And the name ‘Gallowglass’ - any tricky pronunciation there? - nice choice.
Gallowglass is pronounced more or less as it reads. I just liked the feel of the word - it’s quite euphonious - and also felt that it was reasonably on-topic, given our background. I’d been toying with various Latin tags (too pretentious), and phrases in Irish/Gaelic (no-one would understand) - this seems to me to be a nice compromise.
I like the look, and MT on your own site is so much better than blogger. You will be much, much happier. Of course, now I will have to find out more details on gallowglass.
Nice place you have here. Perhaps you might slightly increase the space between lines in the comments box, though. And anyway, what’s pretentious about Latin tags?
William, gallowglasses are one avatar of that mass that has through the centuries swarmed from Scotland to Ireland and vice versa, the better to pillage and plunder. They began as analogues to the Normans, i.e., Viking blow-ins who went native. In this case, they went native in the Western Isles, then came over to Ulster to make themselves useful. They have left some of the great names of the north, Sweeneys and McDonalds and McRorys among them. I hadn’t known they founded the Farrell dynasty, but then I suppose there is nothing these enterprising men couldn’t do if they set their minds to it. Have a look at Roy Foster’s Oxford Illlustrated History of Ireland if you’d like to know more.
Well, we’re McDowells on our mother’s side, which according to http://www.cisl.ie/mars/rory/gallowglass.htm is a fine old Gallowglass name. So I reckon that we pass muster.
Your new site looks great.
Congratulations! It’s good to know some people have managed to get away fro Blogger hell, maybe I can too some day.
I have to say, I don’t like the colors. Black backgrounds are oppessive. But the writing’s great.
You know, because of the name, I suspect lots of people will think and refer to it as Henry’s blog, and ignore Maria.
Fair point the last: will have to figure out some way to make sure that doesn’t happen. Mrs. Tilton at the 6th International has already said much the same, and accused me in the process of gross phallocentrism. Which charge is lent support by the huge sword carried by the bloke in our banner.
Congrats on your emancipation from Blog*Spot.
Another thing Henry, the blog refuses to remember my personal info.
(Re: the great big sword)
Yow! Verbally prejudiced as I am, I hadn’t even considered the visual evidence. And what about the man to his left - isn’t that an unmistakable if less impressive willy-fetish mounted on his forehead?
Perhaps Maria might counter Henry’s phallocentrism by adding a picture of Gráinne Ní Mháille, in whose fierce hands a sabre would have a rather different and downright Lorena Bobbitt-like connotation.
Greetings, Farrells up north—from a Farrell down south. Great site! And very informative. I look forward to checking in regularly (heard about you via Electrolite).
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
I like it very much, i should get one site like this too