Shanore News

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

Welcome to the Bog

Bogs, a particular type of land, play a quiet but central role in Irish life.  It is quintessentially Irish that we would see a substance that is 90% water as burnable fuel and be correct.  Bogs shape our language and cultural views.  City dwellers jokingly refer to their rural counterparts as ‘boggers’.  In small towns […]

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Discovering Your Own Ireland

Ireland is full of amazing destinations that are rightly famous around the world for their beauty and charm.  The Cliffs of Moher.  Blarney Castle.  Dublin’s Temple Bar.  Newgrange.  No visitor is ever short of must-see sights in Ireland.  But sometimes you want something different.  Sometimes the joy of travelling lies in discovering something that not […]

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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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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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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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