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 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…

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#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…

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#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…

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Gardening: Henry Heard Marshall, prairie horticultural pioneer — Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Have you ever wondered how the Parkland series of roses came about? Who developed the ‘Starfire’ tomato? The history of the Morden chrysanthemums or coral bells? They are all the result of the plant breeding of Henry Heard Marshall, whose formal education ended in Grade 9. Read More

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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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Hidden Continent Called Greater Adria Discovered Beneath Europe — KTLA

Researchers have discovered a hidden continent on Earth, but it’s not Atlantis. They found it while reconstructing the evolution of Mediterranean region’s complex geology, which rises with mountain ranges and dips with seas from Spain to Iran. The continent is called Greater Adria. It’s the size of Greenland and it broke off from North Africa,…

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Caernarfon Castle — Down by the Dougie

After a grey day on Wednesday, Thursday was forecast to be a scorcher, and so it transpired. We’d decided to drive over the Menai Straits and make use of our Cadw memberships by visiting Caernarfon Castle. This is probably the most impressive of all the castles that Edward I had built following his subjugation of […]

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