Shanore News

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

Do We Really Know Who the Vikings Were?

At first glance, there is not much mystery about who the Vikings who invaded Ireland were.  They settled here, intermarried with the locals, had a profound influence on Irish life and left hoards of artifacts including weapons, tools and jewelry.  The National Museum of Ireland has one of the best collections of Viking artifacts from […]

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Has a Pint of Plain Always Been Our Only Man?

Brian O’Nolan (aka Flann O’Brien) declared the pint of plain as your only man in his famous verse The Workman’s Friend, which is in his 1939 novel At Swim Two Birds.  And the classic pint of Guinness has long been iconic. The Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate on the quays of the River Liffey […]

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The Children of Lir

Plenty of European countries have their twisted tales of evil stepmothers, but Ireland’s version is really for the birds.  Well, for the swans anyway.  With apologies to wrongly maligned stepmothers everywhere, Ireland’s version at least features a wicked stepmother who couldn’t bring herself to actually kill her stepchildren and instead comes up with another plot […]

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Law and Order Ancient Irish Style

Paradoxically, the stereotypical Irish-American occupation has long been police officer, but in Ireland, the concept of police came from outside.  Once upon a time, Ireland ran quite smoothly and relatively peacefully without a single police officer.  Between the time of the Druids and imposition of British Common Law, Ireland followed its own unique system of […]

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Can You See the Trees for the Forest?

Images of Ireland tend to show rolling green hillsides dotted with sheep, narrow country roads, colorful pubs and villages and beautiful ruins of castles, towers and monasteries.  You don’t see many photos of Irish forests, largely because they mostly destroyed long before the camera was invented.  Farming began in Ireland about 6,000 years ago when […]

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