Shanore News

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

YES: Marriage Equality Comes to Ireland

Congratulations to Ireland, which has become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote!   It will join twenty other countries that have legalized it across the nation.  I say “across the nation,” because it’s only legal in some areas in both Mexico and the United States.  Anyway, Ireland’s legalization is an important milestone in […]

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I’m an Alien, an Irish-American Alien in Westmeath

Most Irish Americans are proud of their identity, and when you are Irish American Ireland doesn’t seem like a foreign country.  The language is the same, more or less.  Okay, we generally don’t realize we’ll have a language barrier until we get here.  The food is not dramatically different, aside from the beer, chocolate, sausages […]

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It’s All in What You Believe

What do you know about Ireland? That is to ask, “what do you know for a fact about Ireland?” Knowing suggests being certain of things. But if I were to then ask you,”what do you believe about Ireland,” I would probably get a very different answer. You might know that Dublin is the capital and that […]

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A 21-year-old for President of Ireland?

As I wrote a few weeks ago, Ireland is voting on an important referendum on 22 May to potentially legalize same-sex marriage.  However, citizens are also voting on another important referendum that day, one that would possibly lower the age at which people are eligible for presidential candidacy from 35 (as it also currently is in […]

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What Is a Traditional Irish Marriage Anyway?

Across Ireland and the United States, there is much discussion of marriage, equal marriage and traditional marriage.  But these discussions often lack a historic dimension.  Marriage in Ireland has changed and evolved greatly over the ages.  Marriage in Brehon times was quite unlike marriage now, although some aspects of a wedding in Brehon times are […]

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The Shapes of Ireland

Ireland has several shapes that are exclusively their own. Take the shape of a heart to begin with; many people use hearts and associate them with certain things, but not necessarily an entire country. In fact, when I mention the shapes of Ireland, what images pop into your mind? A very prime and focal example […]

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