Shanore News

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

The Sound and Symbol of Ireland

The end of the year is a time rich in tradition, and traditional music.  Christmas carols will soon be playing, and while everyone has their own favorites, hearing classic carols on the Celtic harp is always special and beautiful. For many people, nothing says Christmas like the gentle strains of Silent Night or Away in […]

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Get Tied Up in Knots

Knots don’t always get much respect.  Think about how we use the word.  Don’t get your knickers in a knot.  My stomach’s in knots.  Not much good about knots in those phrases.  But when you are talking about jewelry and design, Ireland wrote the book on knots, and the whole world wants to read it… […]

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Good Things Come in Threes

Have you ever noticed how often the number three features in all things Irish?  Yes, we have 40 shades of green and the four ancient provinces of Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connaught are known as the four green fields, but three is much bigger than that.  Three pops up again and again and again.  The […]

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Practice Makes Perfect

There’s a reason Irish jewelry is so beautiful.  Practice does make perfect, and we’ve been at this metalwork business a good few centuries now.  Lots of people are curious about their roots, but what about the roots of their Claddagh ring or Triple Spiral pendant?  They have some pretty amazing ancestors too, and they are […]

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It’s Not Because of the Beer that We’re Harping On

The more astute may have noticed that both the Irish government and a particularly popular purveyor of a brand of stout associated with this island both use a harp as a symbol.  It isn’t the same harp, mind you, due to copyright laws, but these aren’t the only examples of the harp as a symbol […]

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The Village behind the Ring

The Claddagh ring is one of Ireland’s most popular symbols as well as a best-selling piece of jewelry now available in a dazzling range of styles for every taste and budget.  The story of Richard Joyce being captured by pirates shortly before his wedding day and sold into slavery to a goldsmith is well known.  […]

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Raiders of the Lost St. Brigid? Not quite.

It doesn’t look like much, and maybe that’s why it’s so powerful. Lines cinched together, looking like just another innocuous pattern on West Elm’s newest seasonal lineup for shower curtains, duvet covers and throw pillows. There’s something so natural about the design, like that seashell swirl of cream in your coffee; the pour begins with […]

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