Shanore News

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

Brigid the Triple Goddess

Brigid is a famed mythological goddess of the Celts with not just one key attribute but three distinct ways in which she ruled the ways. Her skills were in healing physical ails, poetry and smithcraft. This would make her the perfect goddess symbol for Shanore, for she would have appreciated the fine metal working that […]

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Autumn Equinox and Our Ancient Ancestors

Although Newgrange’s spectacular display at the winter solstice gets all the attention, it isn’t the only astrological event or the only amazing prehistoric cairn in the Boyne Valley.  Tuesday, 23rd September was the autumn equinox, the period when the day and night are equally long.  Perhaps it gets less attention because we generally dread the […]

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Too Beautiful to Cross Out

Many of Ireland’s most beloved symbols have been used for centuries; some even go back further than recorded history.  While various symbols have waxed and waned in popularity over time as fashions come and go, one moment in Irish history stands out as a time when Celtic symbols were embraced and exalted by our leading […]

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Has a Pint of Plain Always Been Our Only Man?

Brian O’Nolan (aka Flann O’Brien) declared the pint of plain as your only man in his famous verse The Workman’s Friend, which is in his 1939 novel At Swim Two Birds.  And the classic pint of Guinness has long been iconic. The Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate on the quays of the River Liffey […]

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The Children of Lir

Plenty of European countries have their twisted tales of evil stepmothers, but Ireland’s version is really for the birds.  Well, for the swans anyway.  With apologies to wrongly maligned stepmothers everywhere, Ireland’s version at least features a wicked stepmother who couldn’t bring herself to actually kill her stepchildren and instead comes up with another plot […]

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RIP Dermot Healy, Writer among Writers

Ireland’s great abundance of gifted writers has made literature our best known export, and readers around the world can list the biggest names.   But we also have those treasured authors who are beloved and respected here, while somehow largely escaping the notice of readers elsewhere.  Dermot Healy was one such treasure, and his recent death […]

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