Shanore News

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

Why Do Celtic Symbols Thrive?

Whatever started these artifacts was substantial enough. Why is it that they still exist today? Celtic symbols are very powerful indeed. They originated hundreds of years ago and unlike many fads that society has seen come and go, they still remain strong. Why is that? I think the place to start is by asking where these symbols […]

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Ireland’s Creepy Places are that of Legend

Ever wanted to go on a haunted pilgrimage to Ireland? This could be your chance! Have you ever set out to go somewhere that was particularly eerie? If you did, you probably felt excited and invigorated. Haunted pilgrimages aren’t something people typically go on unless their trade might require it. However, if you did decide […]

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Prejudice Against Irish Travellers

Why the prejudice against Travellers? Having only lived in parts of the U.S. bereft of Travellers, I rarely hear about them, except in the context of offensive portrayals of them as tactless drunks on exploitative shows like TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, et. al. However, I’ve come across a couple of events over the past […]

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Dracula’s Dublin Connection

Count Dracula might be Transylvanian, but did you know he’s got Irish roots? The world sees Ireland as a cheerful place full of friendly people who love to laugh.  But at this time of year, another side of Ireland comes to the fore.  This is the birthplace of Halloween, which can trace its roots back […]

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To Have or To Have Knot

Tying the knot isn’t just an expression. How can you include tying a knot into your wedding ceremony? We’ve all heard the expression “tying the knot.” We usually say it when congratulating someone who is getting married.This adage originated centuries ago where folklore claims that it came from none other than mattress springs. Before metal was used to hold […]

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The Exploitation in Ireland’s Asylums

Why do you believe that spirits are so commonly found in abandoned asylums? Perhaps it is because society hasn’t truly appreciated their message yet. And secondly, what message would that be? With Halloween on the horizon, I decided to take a look at some of the spookiest places to visit in Ireland. However, my research turned grim rather […]

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When Will the Tricksters Arrive at Our Doors?

Which do you fear most at your front door – Halloween tricksters or campaigning politicians? With Halloween coming up, it is a good time for a blog post about something really and truly frightening.  The children in costumes who come to your door range from adorable to annoying, but when the politicians go door to […]

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Do You Believe in Luck?

Is the “luck of the Irish” just a myth? How do you know? Everyone out there has heard of lucky charms. Some people may even prescribe to this practice. But what is a lucky charm, does it work and is it all about being Irish? The answers to those questions are: whatever you find brings […]

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The Unspoken Conflict; Naming Your Baby

Should giving your baby a name be so hard? It seems that it is something worth heavy consideration. Picture this: A baby comes along into your happy, home life. Your family experiences joy, relief and even a new-found sense of accomplishment. You, as the parent, have been waiting for this moment for a long, nine months […]

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