Shanore News

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

You Know Your Mother Is Irish If…

Irish mothers are a special breed.  And Irish people are  extremely close to their mothers.  North Americans living in Ireland often have a moment of culture shock when they realize it is perfectly normal for Irish professionals to phone their mothers from work daily.  They aren’t ringing to check on any alarming medical issues.  They just know […]

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A Word about the Roots of Irish Design

They say talk is cheap, but the written word is another matter entirely.  Today, we have predictive text on our mobile devices and universal education and we think nothing of typing out quick comments as we skim social media throughout the day.  But our ancestors had a very different relationship with the written word.  They […]

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In May, One Shade of Green Shines Brightest

Year round, Ireland is lauded as the land with forty shades of green.  But in May, our favorite shade of green gets the center stage.  This is the emerald isle, and emeralds are the birthstone for May.  It’s quite fitting really.  May is often a gloriously green month in Ireland.  Yes, it’s wet, but spring […]

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Visiting Viking Ireland Today

Ireland was influenced by Scandinavia long before Ikea built their massive shop in north Dublin.  The first wave of Scandinavian invaders were rather different, however.  Sure, they brought some interesting fashions and built a lot, but their ventures didn’t pull in bored families with a bit of dosh to spend. The Vikings were a pretty […]

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Is Irish Your Love Language?

Sure, that book about various ‘love languages’ didn’t mean actual spoken and written languages.  That type of love language is about the many ways we express affection.  But language does something to us.  And an Irish accent leaves an awful lot of people around the world weak in the knees.  The stereotype is that French […]

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April’s Birthstone is the Dazzling Diamond

April is a dazzling month to be born.  The weather is still a bit unpredictable, but it’s improving.  The whole world feels optimistic.  We see more of the sun.  Plants are coming back to life, and the earliest flowers have begun to bud and bloom.  Who isn’t charmed by April?  It’s such a hopeful month, […]

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The Story of Your Shanore Claddagh Ring

You may know the love story behind the original Claddagh ring.  Richard Joyce was a fisherman captured off the shores of Galway and sold into servitude to a goldsmith.  As he worked toward his eventual freedom, he designed the iconic heart, hands and crown motif.  When he returned to Galway, he presented the first Claddagh […]

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