Shanore News

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

Celebrating July in Ireland

It’s July in Ireland.  The sun is (probably) out (most but not all) days.  Days stretch out for 18 hours of sunlight this far north.  The weather is warm(ish).  Everything is relative.  In Ireland, our peak summer weather is usually in the 70s Fahrenheit.  A host of different bright yellow wildflowers are blooming.  School is […]

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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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