blackstairs mountains

One of the more interesting Irish names for the wolf is ‘Mac Tíre’, which roughly translates as 'Son of the Land’, suggesting that wolves were once seen as the very personification of wild Ireland. 

However, due to persecution the species went into terminal decline in the 18th century and the last Irish wolf is believed to have been killed in the Blackstairs Mountains in 1786.

(Photo by Tambako The Jaguar CC BY-ND 2.0)