Shanore News

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

Decking the Halls with Holly

Are you planning to deck your halls with boughs of holly this Christmas? Holly is synonymous with Christmas; it’s a classic holiday decoration.  We see the distinctive, shiny green leaves and red berries on door wreaths, table settings and Christmas trees.  Images of holly adorn wrapping paper and Christmas cards.  But did you know that […]

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Why Irish Sports Fans Sing that Song

If you watched Ireland play in the World Cup qualifiers against Denmark in the last week, you heard the song.  Actually, if you’ve seen any Irish team play any sport against another national team, you’ve heard the song.  You mightn’t know the name or the history of it, but if you’ve watch an Irish sports […]

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Celebrating November in Ireland

Happy New Year!  November 1st is the first day of the ancient Celtic year. Like January 1st, it’s the day after the big party. Around Ireland, neighbors are quietly cleaning up after the bonfires and fireworks of Halloween.  Parents are taking down decorations and encouraging their children to pace themselves as they devour their candy.  […]

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Love and the Celtic New Year

As you carve the pumpkins, hang the fake spider webs and stock up on candy for trick or treaters, you probably are not thinking about romance.  But the Celts of old were.  Halloween’s roots are in Samhain, the pre-Christian Celtic New Year.  People believed that a veil separated this world from the spirit world, where […]

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Celebrating October in Ireland

The wet and cold are settling in.  September’s mix of rain and surprise sunny days is over.  Farmers have gathered their last harvest, and by now everyone has their turf in for winter.  Fires are lit at night, filling the air with the smell of burning turf.  Young people eager for Halloween are stashing away […]

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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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