Shanore News

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

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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What’s the Appeal of Water that You Probably Shouldn’t Drink?

You might think water wouldn’t be anything special in a country famous for how much it rains, but not all water is equal.  Some is potable, some isn’t – and some is holy.  Catholic churches worldwide have holy water fonts, but Ireland takes it a step further.  We have holy wells.  Used not just for […]

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