Shanore News

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

Is Ireland the Most Romantic Place?

Never mind Love Island. Ireland is a much more romantic island. While tropical islands have a certain appeal, especially in January and February, Ireland has its own unique and irresistible take on love and romance.   With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we have the evidence that really, Ireland is an incredibly romantic place and […]

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1920: De Valera in the USA

One hundred years ago, Eamon De Valera began the new year in the United States of America. He had arrived there the previous June, coming in his capacity as president of the first Irish legislature to lobby for recognition of the emerging Irish state. The first legislature was actually elected before Ireland gained independence from […]

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Two Faces of Ireland Share a Birthday

No nation or culture can be represented fairly by just one person. If any two men could between them manage to convey the essence of Irishness, it would be Oscar Wilde and Michael Collins. These vastly different men both shaped Irish history, culture and identity in very different ways – and they share a birthday. […]

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Ireland’s Second Viking Invasion

Centuries ago, the Vikings left their mark on Ireland. Dublin and Waterford particularly can boast of fascinating evidence of the influence of the Vikings who arrived in the 8th century. They began as invaders, but as fierce as they were, even the Vikings could not withstand the charm of the Irish. So they settled in […]

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Beltaine: Ireland’s Spring Fire Festival

Somewhere along the way, Beltaine became conflated with May Day in Ireland. People began celebrating on the first day of May with festivities our ancestors would have considered quite tame.  It is also the first day of summer, although the weather rarely cooperates with that. The word ‘beltaine’ is used for the month of May, […]

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Lady Wilde, aka Oscar’s Mother

Most mothers occasionally feel overshadowed by their children. Once little ones arrive, they tend to take center stage for a couple of decades. Hence, to avoid overlooking mothers completely, we have Mother’s Day. (Ditto for daddies and their special day!) In Ireland, Mother’s Day is the last Sunday in March, several weeks ahead of the […]

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