#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…

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#OTD in 1913 – Irish-American, Henry Ford, institutes the first moving assembly line for the auto industry. — 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…

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Brehon Laws | Children and the status Women in early Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Prior to the Anglo-Norman invasions Ireland was home to between 80-140 independent petty kingdoms called túatha. A person’s idea of nationhood was local to their home túath and kin-group (fine). Each túath had its king elected from among its noble grades, each had their own customs and traditions, styles of dress, particular songs and legends…

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Ireland. Farming in the Good Old Days. — IRELAND – MALTA – TRAVEL

Ireland of the past was truly an agricultural economy. A century ago two thirds of Irish farms were owner-occupied and this trend was to gather pace in the following decades. The size structure of farms was heavily weighted towards smaller holdings: about 230,000 farms were less than 30 acres in contrast with around 50,000 today. […]

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Ireland reclaiming its greenery with plans to plant 440 million trees by 2040 to tackle climate change — Life & Soul Magazine

The Emerald Isle is reclaiming its green as Ireland announced plans to plant 440 million trees by 2040, as part of its efforts to tackle climate change. Ireland first announced its climate plan in June, pledging to create 19,768 acres of new forestry land a year. Now the country is aiming to plant 22million trees every year […]

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‘The Meeting of the Waters’ by Thomas Moore — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

‘The Meeting of the Waters’ Thomas Moore There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet; O, the last rays of feeling and life must depart, Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart. Yet it was not that Nature…

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Revival of the Irish Wolfhound — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The Irish wolfhound is a persistent symbol of ancient Celtic nobility and integrity. By the middle of the 19th century the original Irish wolfhound had all but disappeared, along with its foe the Irish wolf, and no one really had a clear idea of what it had looked like in its heyday. Around this time,…

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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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Whale stranding death toll rises to 58 in Scotland and Ireland — BBC News – Science & Environment

By Steven McKenzie
BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

More whales have been found dead on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland following several strandings of the animals at the end of last month.

Eleven whales were found dead over the course of one week in August.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation said the toll had now risen to at least 58.

In Scotland, 20 whales were found beached in the Western Isles, 16 in Argyll and Bute and two in the Highlands. Twenty have stranded in Ireland.

One of the whales was found dead in Northern Ireland, and the rest in the Republic of Ireland.

Many of the animals that died were Cuvier’s and True’s beaked whales, which are a deep-diving species.

Some have been found dead along the shores of North Uist and Harris in the Western Isles.

Last month, Whale and Dolphin Conservation asked the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Scottish government to investigate the strandings.

The Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme and Inverness-based Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme are investigating,

Cuvier's beaked whales on beach
Many of the animals involved are a deep-diving species called Cuvier’s beaked whales

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