Shanore News

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

A Traditional Irish Christmas

Unlike in America, a traditional Irish Christmas typically lasts for about two weeks whereas ours is much longer. There are many traditions carried on in Ireland that signify what is believed to be a customary Christmas. Some are the same in America, however, some are uniquely different. Midnight mass is extremely popular in Ireland and it is […]

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Into the Mystic

“Into the Mystic” is a favorite track of mine from the legendary and famous Irishman known none other than Van Morrison. I am also a huge fan of “Tupelo Honey” and “Someone Like You.” I’m sure everyone has their favorite Van Morrison songs with his most notable songs being “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Moondance.” Van was born George Ivan Morrison in […]

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For Christmas or New Year’s – and for Better or Worse

In the Christmas season, the focus shifts to families and children.  If you’ve found the person you want to join your family and maybe start a new family of your own with, you might be wondering about the best time to pop the question.  It sounds very romantic to put a sparkling engagement ring in […]

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Take the Fear out of Shopping for Your Mother’s Christmas Present

At no time of year aside from Mother’s Day is the Irish mother more celebrated than at Christmas, and no time does she deserve it more.  Think about it.  She probably started preparing for Christmas shortly after the start of the school year, if not sooner.  If she’s very traditional, her Christmas puddings were ready […]

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Dear Old Dublin’s Christmas Connections

Is Dublin the most Christmassy city this side of the North Pole?  The argument that it is can be backed up by some solid historical evidence.  Certainly, few sights are more festive than those colorful Georgian doors when they are adorned with holiday wreaths of holly and ivy.  And the twinkling lights of the decorations […]

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The Sound and Symbol of Ireland

The end of the year is a time rich in tradition, and traditional music.  Christmas carols will soon be playing, and while everyone has their own favorites, hearing classic carols on the Celtic harp is always special and beautiful. For many people, nothing says Christmas like the gentle strains of Silent Night or Away in […]

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