Shanore News

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

The Season for Silver and Gold

Silver and gold, silver and gold, sang Burl Ives in the classic Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer special, everyone wishes for silver and gold. It’s a bit early to put up those beloved silver and gold Christmas decorations, but not too early to start thinking about your own gift list.  You can be sure Santa […]

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How to Give your Kids Ireland in a Nutshell

What is the best way to show your love for Ireland to your youngsters? Read on for more. Young children are open and vulnerable. When they are born into a family, they know and learn about the things that matter the most from those around them. If your family has a strong Irish heritage, believe it or […]

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Was Life Tricky for Druids?

The Druids were a well-established group in Ireland. Were their ways so  easy to navigate though? The Druids were a group of educated people who lived in Ireland and Great Britain dating back for thousands of years. As part of their namesake, they had various roles within society. In ancient times, the name of a druid […]

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Why Halloween Is Much Scarier in Ireland

Halloween has Irish roots.  It developed out of the pre-Christian Celtic New Year called Samhain, when it was believed that supernatural creatures and departed souls could come creeping from the spirit world to torment the living.  But that isn’t why Halloween is so much more disturbing here than in North America.  In many ways, Halloween […]

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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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