Shanore News

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

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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Who Were the Celts?

If you haven’t heard it said yet this season, you’ll probably hear it soon.  Someone who thinks they’re clever will try to rain on your St. Patrick’s Day parade by saying that Patrick wasn’t Irish.  Then, if they really like to stir it up, they’ll add that Patrick was British.  It’s a very begrudging attitude […]

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Before Patrick: Ireland’s Pagan Past

Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity when he converted Ireland to Christianity.  Now those three leaves are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Ireland.  But our beloved shamrock isn’t the only symbol for Ireland.  Many are much older.  Before Patrick, Ireland had a very rich spiritual life, and it gave […]

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March’s Birthstone Is an Ocean of Beauty

In March, all eyes turn to Ireland as we celebrate our patron saint Patrick.  Around the world, the Irish, the descendants of Irish immigrants and the Irish for a day are all decked out in green enjoying the music and beverages of Ireland.  But St. Patrick isn’t the only one with a special day in […]

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Ireland’s Sparkling Crystal Heritage

While Ireland’s natural beauty tends toward the rugged, our arts and crafts are often extremely elegant and sophisticated.  From the time we were carving elaborate designs on rocks to today’s celebrated Irish designers, Irish culture shows a clear fondness for nice things.  And crystal is one of those nice things we love.  We love to […]

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