|Reviews for When Irish Eyes are Smiling|
| mystery muffin chapter 1 . 8/13/2013
As I was having difficulty logging in you can contact me through this username: mysterymuffin.
As someone who lives in Ireland, Northern Ireland to be precise, I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was with your story. Now I would not mind someone taking on a story like this if they intended to be respectful and do their research. However your story is full of historical inaccuracies and so I have to ask, how much research did you really do? Perhaps you were confused and thinking of the struggle for independence if so then your timeline is entirely wrong. The Troubles mainly affected Northern Ireland, were most of the conflict took place. So perhaps Belfast would have been a better city to choose instead of Dublin? After all during this time Dublin was part of the Republic of Ireland and independent from the British Government. The story is also one sided. There were both Nationalist and Loyalist militant groups not to mention the mistreatment that many faced at the hands of those who were supposed to protect them. Also far as I am aware nothing like this, were you have had the IRA take children hostage in a school and execute them, has ever happened. Perhaps you are not aware of this but a name like Seamus Patrick Finnigan would most likely belong to a Catholic, for during the Troubles name were very important, and why would the IRA go into a Catholic school and kill young children? I'm very worried that people will read your story and assume this is how things really happened and so I ask that you include an author's note explaining that your story IS NOT historically accurate and you have twisted events beyond recognition to help write your story.
| lilyevansfanic chapter 1 . 8/13/2013
I think this story had a lot of potential and while the writing is very good and I do like the interpretation of seamus I do think you have misrepresented the conflict in Ireland and . Unless you have changed the timeline of Harry Potter the troubles were located in Nothern Ireland not Dublin. The major conflict in Dublin and what is now the Republic of Ireland involving the IRA, the black and Tans and other groups was the war of independence and then the subsequent civil war. Although I can see why you would have wanted to change the timeline of such events to fit in with your story, it appears incredibly one-sided (and of course as someone who is from I would never condone either side for their actions) but I have never heard of the IRA going into a school and holding children as hostages, though if I am mistaken I apologise. And you have only mentioned the actions of one militant group active in at this time. Furthermore, whilst religion was clearly a major part of the conflict those who fought it were fighting for political reasons. Usually I wouldn't bring this up and I truly mean no offense but I do think people reading this story who are not well versed in Irish/Nothern Irish history will develop a warped idea of what really happened during the long running conflict.
| EviexXx8 chapter 1 . 4/26/2013
Wow i really love this stroy. It really great how you weaved in some Irish history into it, and made Seamus properly Irish instead of other peoples interpretations of Irish people, with the strong accents and etc. A great read, i really enjoyed it! Good work!
| Jess-siriusly chapter 1 . 8/12/2012
Great thought-provoking read! I love your stories they are really well written(:
| Silent Serendipity chapter 1 . 12/9/2010
Wow. Just, wow.
| echoing noise chapter 1 . 12/4/2010
That's it. You, my dear, are going on my favourite authors list.
I know I am only another reviewer; in a minute, an hour, a day, I won't matter again, but here and now I will tell you that your fics are gorgeous and dark and horrible, in this case, horrible and tearjerking and cruel. And to me, I will say, they make a difference, they are eyes-opening and introspective and, here, angsty. They are quiet and slow and fast and NOW. You have made me feel for these characters; I imagine that days, weeks, months from now I shall still feel for them, I will still feel them, see them in front of me even when I have never before. I don't expect to find such quality, such care in a another fic again, I will not try to. Yours are enough; the are beautiful and I adore them.
Seamus, I am so, so sorry. And still, it isn't enough, not now, not then, not ever. Because as Dumbledore once said, our hearts beat as one.
| lovely-sweety chapter 1 . 6/22/2010
wonderful story...but so sad. You made me cry. Poor Seamus...
| Cassandra30 chapter 1 . 2/7/2010
Perfect! Totally perfect! The British Government should never have allowed though children to die either.
| Sachita chapter 1 . 7/13/2009
Tragic, sad, and very well-written. This story moved me. You've taken on a very sensitive topic, and as far as I can say, managed it really well to convey it. A good look into Seamus's past. It rings realistic...Great job!
P.S.: I am sorry for my English. It's not my "grammar and sentence construction day" today...
| deleted2012 chapter 1 . 7/3/2009
OMG. I'm crying. This is so sad- so powerful- so beautiful. I love it. I love it. x Smaginn
| Twinkie chapter 1 . 7/3/2009
That was beautiful. Horrible, tragic, but still beautiful. I really like the relationship between Dean and Seamus, and it's written so clearly, it brings the reader there in a way, and you can really feel the emotion. Your writing style really wows the reader, and you're wonderful at having enough details to paint a picture, but not so much to have them be able to know every little thing in the room. Amazing work, and I know I'm not the only one who thinks so.
| Mia chapter 1 . 10/11/2008
I started crying at this one. That was perfect, thank you for writing.
| sophia666 chapter 1 . 9/18/2008
Great writing. It really showed the horror of violence and war, and Seamus story was both horrific and beautifully written, and Dean's a great friend. I liked the ending.
| waterlilies52 chapter 1 . 3/27/2008
However, wasn't the IRA back in the 1910-1920s? Theoretically, Sean's death should be around the 1990s with Dean being Harry's age and all.
But besides that, I can't find any other fault. This is the first fic I've read centered on such a name-dropped character like Seamus and truly blew away.
Off to see what other amazing things you've written!
| Violet Shadows chapter 1 . 10/18/2007
Freaking Amazing... I like to comment about what can be improved in my reviews usually, but I can't think of a single thing, good job.