Shanore News

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

Where Would You Rather Spend Paddy’s Day?

Dublin hosts a massive festival with events over a few days, but it isn’t the only St. Patrick’s Day party around. Rural towns around the island offer a different kind of charm for our national holiday. Which is more your style? Ireland’s capital city puts on a dazzling celebration for our national holiday, St. Patrick’s […]

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The Politics of Flowers

Valentine’s and Easter mean it is time for flowers! Flowers are a language of their own, and that language has an Irish dialect that isn’t quite like the language of flowers in North America. Knowing your flowers can keep you out of trouble… especially if you’re planning to give them to someone Irish. We Irish […]

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Ireland Seems to Love Him, but Who Was St. Stephen?

In Ireland, St. Stephen’s Day is a holiday and St. Stephen’s Green is a beloved, popular Dublin park.  So who was Stephen? The second day of Christmas is December 26th, and in Ireland, we celebrate St. Stephen’s Day on that day.  Now, the customs such as hunting the wren and the straw costumes are more […]

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First Holy Communion: A Special, Spiritual Day

Around the world, a lot of little boys and girls are getting very excited and thoughtful about a big day they have on the horizon – their First Holy Communion.  It is huge milestone, developmentally and spiritually.  They are old enough to start really thinking deeply and asking meaningful questions about God and faith and […]

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Can Even Santa Claim Irish Roots?

Across Ireland, towns and villages are starting to get into gear for Christmas.  Streets are being festooned with garlands of lights, but of course it is too soon to turn them on.  Christmas puddings are mostly made by now and waiting for the big day.  Christmas craft market organizers are frantically doing their last minute […]

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Inspire Your Daughter with Costumes from Irish History

This Halloween there will be an army of princesses hitting the streets in search of sweets, with no small number of witches and ghosts and ballerinas joining them.  Fairies, butterflies and a fair representation of the animal kingdom will be out as well.  But if you have a little girl who wants to embrace a […]

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