Shanore News

Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

Raise a Glass on Arthur Guinness’s Birthday

His name is so merged with his product that we often forget it was a person’s name before it was a stout. His signature is right there on the logo, but what do we know about him? The name Guinness is as closely associated with Ireland as the name Patrick. But before there was Guinness […]

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Ireland’s Beautiful Bogs

The bogs play a remarkable role in Irish life. For generations, Irish people have cut turf from the bogs to burn as fuel. Visitors arriving to parts of Ireland in winter notice the rich, distinctive smell, and Irish people living overseas long for the smell of the home fires. Bogs have also preserved and eventually […]

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Ancient Ireland’s Sacred Trees

We are past the solstice now. A pink glow appears on the horizon earlier each morning. The daylight lingers a bit longer each afternoon. At a glance, the trees look as they have all winter. Bare. But beneath their bark, they are preparing for spring. A few have buds or soon will, a visual promise […]

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Trinity’s Library Loans Book of Durrow

A library loaning out a book is normally not a big deal, but when the volume in question is the ancient Book of Durrow, that’s another story. Trinity College Dublin recently lent the precious tome to the British Library  in London for a special exhibit that runs until February 2019. It will join other significant […]

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Adding an Irish Touch to Your Wedding

A wedding is a joining together of two people and all they bring with them. Their family heritage and traditions merge. So your wedding is a perfect time to think about your cultural heritage, what you like, what you want to learn more about, and how to bring it into your new married life. For […]

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A Word about the Roots of Irish Design

They say talk is cheap, but the written word is another matter entirely.  Today, we have predictive text on our mobile devices and universal education and we think nothing of typing out quick comments as we skim social media throughout the day.  But our ancestors had a very different relationship with the written word.  They […]

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Who Were the Celts?

If you haven’t heard it said yet this season, you’ll probably hear it soon.  Someone who thinks they’re clever will try to rain on your St. Patrick’s Day parade by saying that Patrick wasn’t Irish.  Then, if they really like to stir it up, they’ll add that Patrick was British.  It’s a very begrudging attitude […]

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Before Patrick: Ireland’s Pagan Past

Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity when he converted Ireland to Christianity.  Now those three leaves are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Ireland.  But our beloved shamrock isn’t the only symbol for Ireland.  Many are much older.  Before Patrick, Ireland had a very rich spiritual life, and it gave […]

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Before the Claddagh

The romantic story of how an enslaved Irish fisherman crafted the first Claddagh ring for his beloved is well known, but where did he get the idea for the design?  The ring has roots that go deeper than one man’s artistry and devotion. The Claddagh design first used on a ring but now seen on […]

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A Token Toward Immigration

Many people have stories of how they immigrated to the U.S. and found a better way of life. For one man, his story of relocation is proving to be painstaking. What would you do? Over ten years ago, an Irish man came to the United States. He wanted a better life and his visit hinged […]

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