Shanore News

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

Ancient Irish Crannogs: Islands of Creativity

Does creativity require a bit of solitude?  Consider the stereotype of writers toiling away in an attic somewhere.  Virginia Woolf said women need a room of our own, and long before man caves men were retreating to workshops to create all sorts of wood crafts.  Our Irish ancestors had this figured out.  In fact, they […]

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You Know Your Mother Is Irish If…

Irish mothers are a special breed.  And Irish people are  extremely close to their mothers.  North Americans living in Ireland often have a moment of culture shock when they realize it is perfectly normal for Irish professionals to phone their mothers from work daily.  They aren’t ringing to check on any alarming medical issues.  They just know […]

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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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