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    Deirdre's not the happiest camper. She was fated to cause tragedy from birth—she was so beautiful that she started a war between her betrothed, the king, and the man she loved. Never a good idea—someone always dies. This Juliet character can be found morosely picking flowers or watching old romantic comedies and crying into her hankie.

    Basic Information




    Dee, Dee-Dee, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Cheer Up, Already!



    Current city

    Not Emain Macha with Conchobar mac Nessa

    Work & Education


    Femme fatale


    Watching Ancient Ireland's Next Top Model


    Political views

    Pro-women's rights

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)


    My dad is the bard Fedlimid; I didn't know my mom well.






    Naoise and his brothers, Cathbad the Druid


    Conchobar mac Nessa


    Relationship status

    Single after Naoise was killed

    Interested in

    Men with black hair, pale skin, and really red lips


    TV Shows

    New Girl
    Hated CeCe's arranged "marriage" to Shivrang.
    The Vampire
    True Blood

    Alcide is my exact type.
    The Mindy Project


    "And although it's always crowded,
    You still can find some room.
    Where broken hearted lovers
    Do cry away their gloom."
    -Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"

    "Feminism is the ability to choose what you want to do."
    -Nancy Reagan

    "Running away will never make you free."
    -Kenny Loggins

    "I don't let anyone's insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that if I am happy, that's all that matters to me."
    -Demi Lovato


    William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
    Sophocles - Antigone
    Oh, doomed love... not that I know anything about that.
    Euripides - Medea
    F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
    I always wanted to go to one of Gatsby's soirees.
    Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
    John Steinbeck - The Red Pony
    I had a pony once... but Conchobar took it away.
    William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
    Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
    Oh, Mr. Darcy.
    Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Richard Adams - Watership Down


    Destiny's Child - "Independent Women"
    I pumped this song as I left Ireland with Naoise.
    Gloria Gaynor - "I Will Survive"
    Cyndi Lauper - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
    Beyoncé - "If I Were a Boy"
    Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do With It"
    When it comes to arranged marriages...nothing!
    Kanye West - "Monster"
    Conchobar mac Nessa is a monster, through and through.
    Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
    The Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive"


    Runaway Bride
    Great movie!
    Love, Wedding, Marriage

    You've Got Mail

    Best film ever. So cheesy and romantic.
    What Women Want

    Leap Year

    Fabulous Irish rom-com.
    27 Dresses


    Cher is my favorite character here. So classy.

    Activities & Interests


    Men with black hair, red lips, and pale skin
    Men that aren't my betrothed, Conchobar
    Irish wrestling competitions
    Soap operas


    Gender equality
    Women's studies
    Mantology (study of divination)


    Damsel in distress
    Forbidden love is the sweetest love…
    Tragic Heroines Galore,
    Once in love!! You are doomed

  • Spotter's Guide

    Deirdre is a lovely lady, but she's usually weeping in a corner, not out flirting with guys. Her mascara's often smudged and her eyes are runny. Still, she'll twirl a lock of hair to get attention...if she's not off arguing with Conchobar mac Nessa or dancing with Naoise. No crown is in line for her—she wants true love!

    Sex: Female
    Age: Twenties
    Build: Slender
    Complexion: Rosy
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: None
    Clothing: Gowns
    Armor: None—her heart is open
    Type of Weapon: Her beauty

    Typical Companions:

    Naoise's brothers

    Known Hangouts:

    My foster parents' house
    All over Ireland, running from Conchobar mac Nessa
    The stables
    Sigma Delta Sorority for Women

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    "The Exile of the Sons of Uisnach" in The Book of Leinster

    This is one story without a happy ending—from my birth to my death! Naoise and I fall in love, but I curse him to be a joke if he doesn't take me out of Ireland. So, he, his brothers, and I all flee to Scotland, but Conchobar brings us back and kills them. Then, I took my own life, unable to live without my love.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    "The Death of the Sons of Usnach"

    Read my entire lonely lament after Naoise's death here. My dramatic death is uber-sad—I jump on Naoise's body and kiss him thrice, then I die. Very Shakespearean before Shakespeare's own time!

    Dec 20, 2019

    Deirdre by W.B. Yeats

    This great Irish poet turned Dee's story into a play worthy of his Celtic bard ancestors. William Butler (W.B.) Yeats does Deirdre justice, portraying the majesty and tragedy of a young life gone wrong on the stage. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that there's a love story at its heart, either.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Wild Irish Roses: Tales of Brigits, Kathleens, and Warrior Queens by Trina Robbins

    Learn all about the bold Irish women of yore, from love stories to battling queens. Alongside Deirdre are featured the likes of pirate Grace O'Malley, actress Scarlett O'Hara, and warrior woman Aoife. Not bad company!

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson

    Watson brings ancient Ireland to life in Deirdre's story. Why swans, though, Deirdre wants to know? They're actually vicious birds... well, whatever the reason for the book's title, Watson does this tragic heroine a good turn.