Shanore News

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

Celebrating July in Ireland

It’s July in Ireland.  The sun is (probably) out (most but not all) days.  Days stretch out for 18 hours of sunlight this far north.  The weather is warm(ish).  Everything is relative.  In Ireland, our peak summer weather is usually in the 70s Fahrenheit.  A host of different bright yellow wildflowers are blooming.  School is […]

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An Irish Menu for Your Summer Wedding

We tend to think of Irish food as a lot of great stews and hearty dishes.  Maybe you’re planning an Irish theme for your summer wedding and worried about finding menu options that are both Irish and good for a warmer day.  Fear not.  Although we’re famous for rain, we do get just enough sunshine […]

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Amazing Alexandrite Is June’s Birthstone

If you are not quite certain exactly what color alexandrite is, you aren’t alone.  Many of those born in June are Geminis, and this birthstone perfectly suits their dual nature.  Its color appears to change in different lights.  It ranges from the red end of the color spectrum to the green/ blue end, depending on […]

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Ancient Irish Crannogs: Islands of Creativity

Does creativity require a bit of solitude?  Consider the stereotype of writers toiling away in an attic somewhere.  Virginia Woolf said women need a room of our own, and long before man caves men were retreating to workshops to create all sorts of wood crafts.  Our Irish ancestors had this figured out.  In fact, they […]

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Keep the Wedding Bells Ringing

A lot of people think that wedding bells are only rung on your wedding day.  But an old Irish tradition says otherwise.  Ireland has two wedding bell traditions.  Church bells are rung, of course.  That started because people believed that the sound of bells scared off any evil spirits lurking around.  (You’ll have to provide […]

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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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