Shanore News

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

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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Mothers Align No Matter What

Can you imagine being adopted by your actual mother who had chosen to hide the pregnancy? One man has lived this and gone on to share his extraordinary tale. Tim Brannigan is many unique things. For starters, he’s black and an Irish Republican. What that last part means is that he is part of the […]

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Bringing Him Back His Son

Some stories tug at the heart. What has his life been like since being separated from his father? A boy was led away from his father, the only one he ever knew. Now, three years later through luck, chance and what seems like good old-fashioned karma, they can finally be together again. That is, they […]

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Invisible Pain, Irish Pride

Wearing s symbol of your love of Irish pride is usually rather obvious. What about things that aren’t easily seen by the naked eye? When you see someone walking down the street, it is usually easy to size them up rather quick-like. Depending on who you are, you may walk into a store and see […]

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Remembrance for the Little Sisters

Remember the phrase “you only appreciate what you had, when it is gone?” For the little sisters out there, be grateful for them while you still can. Having a little sister, a young niece or an itty-bitty cousin is a blessing. Little children are darlings as everything they wear looks great on them, even with […]

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Asking a Man for His Hand

History has seen many different opinions or lines of action over this issue, if you can call it that. What is your opinion on the subject? Ah, marriage, matrimony and getting engaged; they are considered life events on Facebook and rites of passage, at the very least, in some cultures. It is still commonplace for […]

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