Shanore News

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

Will Spring Come with the Equinox in 2018?

Spring can be an awful tease, especially in Ireland. Some say the first day of spring is Imbloc in early February, while others acknowledge it being at the vernal equinox on March 20th. Generally, things are looking a lot more like spring at the equinox than at Imbloc. But in 2018, we seem to have […]

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12 Reasons to Love Irish Dance for Kids

If you have children and they have not yet discovered Irish dance, you might want to introduce them quickly.  Children thrive when they find an activity that captures their imaginations, and Irish dance has a way of doing just that. Different kids enjoy different things. One child will be bored or frustrated moments into an […]

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Ireland’s Other Saints

Ireland is widely hailed as the land of saints and scholars. People around the world celebrate Irish culture on our most famous patron saint’s feast day. Patrick isn’t our only patron saint, however. We also have Brigid. But this small island has produced far more saints. Patrick and Brigid are our patrons and most famous […]

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5 Most Romantic Places in Dublin

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, everyone tends to focus on the saint’s connection with Dublin. Whitefriar Church contains one of his relics. So it is a definite must-see if you are taking a honeymoon or romantic break in Dublin. But that isn’t the only romantic spot in the city; indeed it isn’t really the […]

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Imbloc: Early Ireland’s Spring Festival

Many Christian holidays are grafted on to the dates of pre-Christian celebrations. The feast day of St. Brigid, Ireland’s other patron saint, is on February 1st, which is recorded as the date of her death. But St. Brigid wasn’t the first Brigid venerated here, and Irish pagans were celebrating on February 1st long before our […]

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Cad Is Ainm Duit? Irish Baby Names

Naming a baby is an incredible experience. It’s fun, and it also carries enormous responsibility. We talk about ‘baby names’ but parents are picking out a name that this new little person will probably have for life. It will go on the top of their school homework, driver’s license, job applications and countless other important […]

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Decking the Halls with Holly

Are you planning to deck your halls with boughs of holly this Christmas? Holly is synonymous with Christmas; it’s a classic holiday decoration.  We see the distinctive, shiny green leaves and red berries on door wreaths, table settings and Christmas trees.  Images of holly adorn wrapping paper and Christmas cards.  But did you know that […]

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Why Irish Sports Fans Sing that Song

If you watched Ireland play in the World Cup qualifiers against Denmark in the last week, you heard the song.  Actually, if you’ve seen any Irish team play any sport against another national team, you’ve heard the song.  You mightn’t know the name or the history of it, but if you’ve watch an Irish sports […]

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