The Lost History of Yellowstone – from Smithsonian Magazine

Hunted nearly to extinction by white hunters, bison numbered only about two dozen inside Yellowstone in 1902. Today the herd consists of about 4,800. (Andrew Geiger)

Fascinating article by Richard Grant, photographs by Andrew Geiger for the Smithsonian Magazine. Read their full piece here.

Medieval Ireland | Inishmurray Monastic Site — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

“Saved by its ocean walls from ordinary marauders in former times, and from the wanton tourist of today… Inishmurray has retained a larger number of examples of primitive Irish Art than perhaps any other early Christian settlement in Ireland.” ––William Wakeman, A Survey of the Antiquarian Remains on the Island of Inishmurray, 1893 The first…

Medieval Ireland | Inishmurray Monastic Site — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

Triskelion or Triskele — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

The triskelion or ‘triskele’ is also known as the tri-spiral or ‘Spiral of Life’. The three spirals in the triskelion are interconnected with no open ends thus creating one continuous line. Each spiral turns in the same direction. The three spirals represent balance, harmony and continual motion indicative of the flow of life and of…

Triskelion or Triskele — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves. Hannah was built at Norton, New…

via #OTD in 1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1912 – The Titanic sank on her maiden voyage with the loss of 1,513 souls, many of them Irish; 732 would survive. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

Just before midnight on 14 April, the RMS Titanic failed to divert its course from an iceberg and ruptured at least five of its hull compartments. These compartments filled with water and pulled down the bow of the ship. Because the Titanic’s compartments were not capped at the top, water from the ruptured compartments filled…

via #OTD in 1912 – The Titanic sank on her maiden voyage with the loss of 1,513 souls, many of them Irish; 732 would survive. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1906 – Birth of playwright, Samuel Beckett, in Foxrock, Co Dublin. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.” –Samuel Beckett An Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. During the 1930s and 1940s…

via #OTD in 1906 – Birth of playwright, Samuel Beckett, in Foxrock, Co Dublin. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1947 – Death of Henry Ford, automobile production pioneer and son of Irish immigrants. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford Henry Ford’s father, William Ford, was born in Co Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and hunger (An Gorta Mór). Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65…

via #OTD in 1947 – Death of Henry Ford, automobile production pioneer and son of Irish immigrants. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1922 – Michael Collins addressed a mass meeting at the Grand Parade in Co Cork. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

This British Pathe video shows Michael Collins addressing a large gathering about the Anglo-Irish Treaty before it gets broken up by several men firing guns in the crowd, however, Collins refused to be frightened by the opponents’ tactics. Collins can be seen on a platform above the crowd as they wave hats and handkerchiefs at…

via #OTD in 1922 – Michael Collins addressed a mass meeting at the Grand Parade in Co Cork. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

Irish Wolfhounds | “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked” — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

Irish Wolfhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs recorded in the history of man. They appear in early Irish law tracts under the name “Cú” (modern Irish word for hound). The dogs are known as the “gentle giants” of the canine world expressed in the breed slogan, “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked”.…

via Irish Wolfhounds | “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked” — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

#OTD in 1846 – Cork Examiner reports death by starvation. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

‘A Coroners inquest was held on the lands of Redwood, in the Parish of Lorha, on yesterday, the 24th, on the body of Daniel Hayes, who for several days subsisted almost on the refuse of vegetables, and went out on Friday morning in quest of something in the shape of food, but he had not…

via #OTD in 1846 – Cork Examiner reports death by starvation. — Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland