Shanore News

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

Irish Christmas Traditions

Streets throughout Ireland are twinkling with Christmas lights.  From Dublin’s bustling Grafton and Henry Streets to the main streets of tiny villages across the island, the Christmas spirit is bright.  Lights shine in arches across the roads.  Trees are festooned with garlands.  Shop windows show off dazzling displays.  Electric candles and signs pleading ‘Santa stop here’ […]

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The Viking Look

The arrival of the first Viking raiders in Ireland in 795 AD led to profound changes in culture, architecture and so much more.  Many of Ireland’s cities including the capitol Dublin began as Viking settlements.  The Vikings did eventually assimilate.  They merged and blended in with the Irish.  And as they did, they influenced everything […]

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Celebrate Halloween’s Irish Roots

Halloween began as Samhain, the New Year’s Eve of the ancient Celts. They believed spirits from the other side of the grave could visit.  Celebrate your spooky roots this year with some traditional fun and frights. In ancient Ireland, our ancestors were finishing the harvest now.  They were storing food and preparing for winter.  They […]

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Who Got Away with the Irish Crown Jewels?

More than a century later, we are no closer to knowing who stole the Irish crown jewels.  One man’s life and career were ruined by the theft, but was he an innocent scapegoat or a legendary jewel thief? The prep work preparing for a visit from higher ups at work is stressful for anyone.  Colleagues […]

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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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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Trump?

Apparently, there are many people who are running scared. And where would you guess they are going? Ireland is a beautiful country to visit. But for some, it’s more than just that; it’s their potential home, give or take five months. Yes, evidently many of America’s wealthy have been gobbling up properties and land in […]

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What’s Precious to You?

What makes an object precious?  Is it merely its monetary value?  Its beauty?  Perhaps it is a combination of beauty and symbolism. We talk about precious metals and precious gems, but when we talk about precious objects in a museum what does it really mean?  The National Museum of Ireland contains many, many objects from […]

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What the Pope Can and Should Do

The Pope has been scrutinized by survivors and can feel the heat. What proclamation will redeem him? In the last several decades, stories of sexual abuse in Catholic Churches have come forward full throttle. Many people have finally told their stories of being mishandled at the hands of a clergyman. Sadly, most of these tales […]

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