Shanore News

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

Ireland’s Celebration of Rural Life

Most of Ireland is rural. Farming is a crucial part of the Irish economy, history and culture. One of the largest events in the country is all about farm life. Every September, when farming life calms down slightly, Irish farmers gather for a massive celebration of their vocation. The National Ploughing Championships are much more […]

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Irish Traditions: St. Patrick and Shamrock

St. Patrick’s Day shows us just how the various strands of Irish are woven together – Irish, Irish-American and Irish in America. The history of the holiday is a story of traditions going back and forth, evolving and influencing each other. It’s not a case of tradition flowing only from the old country to the […]

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Women’s Christmas – an Irish Tradition

In Ireland, Christmas is not over. Here, we make the most of the season. Office work slows well down in December. While retail and service sector staff are busy on Christmas Eve, most people have the day off. And pretty much everything closes for Christmas Day. But lift doesn’t go back to normal on the […]

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Live from Newgrange, Solstice 2017

Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath’s Boyne Valley is arguably Ireland’s most amazing site. Built in the Stone Age, it predates the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. The site gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. Newgrange is ringed by 97 large stones, many of which are carved with intricate designs. The entrance stone is […]

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Christmas with an Irish Flair

Christmas is a time when families gather together and celebrate with traditions that have come down through generations. It’s also a time to review those traditions, consider which you really love and which you wouldn’t miss. Each generation adds their own touch and develops their own traditions. While people celebrate the holiday in diverse countries […]

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Sparkle & Sentiment for Harry & Meghan

Nothing sparks joy like seeing a happy couple take the next step and get engaged.  The world is rejoicing along with Prince Harry and his beloved Meghan Markle, who recently ended much speculation when they announced their engagement. People love it when a woman finds her real-life prince, whether or not they’re going to live […]

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Celebrating December in Ireland

December brings an air of magic to Ireland. As the month goes on, business slows down as people prepare for the Christmas holiday. December is a time for family and loved ones. As the year winds down, our minds focus on what is really important – each other. Shoppers bustle down town and village streets […]

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Celebrating September in Ireland

September is back to school season in Ireland, like much of the rest of the world.  Children are donning their fresh new school uniforms and setting off every morning to learn English, Irish, history, geography, religion and maths. As the days get shorter, the nights are drawing in.  The weather is wetter and less predictable.  One […]

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