A few, perhaps unknown, facts about Ireland… — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The majority of people attribute the guillotine to the French, but there is evidence of it being used in Ireland almost 500 years before it made its way to France. A man named Murcod Ballagh seemingly used it for an execution near Merton in Co Galway on 1 April 1307. Dundalk Jail was built in…

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The Gaelic Harp — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

No musical instrument has ever had to carry so much baggage, surely, as the Irish harp. It has been the symbol both of Ireland under English rule and of the Irish Free State. Unadorned, on a green background, it was a rebel flag in 1916. While its earliest origins are lost, the Irish harp has…

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Vandals Steal Head Of 800-Year-Old Mummy In Ireland — News : NPR

“These are people who have been lying at rest for years and years and to have them desecrated in such a sacrilegious way is so distressing and disturbing,” the Archbishop of Dublin told local media.(Image credit: Dave Walsh/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

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Galloping across the steppes — TwilightBeasts

Around 50 million years ago, long before the Epoch of the Twilight Beasts, a little mammal, Eohippus, scurried about in the forests of North America. This creature, about the size of an average dog, was the ancestor of the magnificent horse we know today. During this Period, called the Eocene, the environment and climate was […]

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Fewer Students Are Majoring in History, But We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Why — TIME

From debates over Confederate monuments to battles over America’s leadership in the world, understanding today’s contemporary challenges requires historical knowledge and historical perspective. Yet a new report by Benjamin Schmidt and the American Historical Association has revealed that a much smaller percentage of American college students are majoring in history than did in the past.…

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