Shanore News

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

Dear Old Dublin’s Christmas Connections

Is Dublin the most Christmassy city this side of the North Pole?  The argument that it is can be backed up by some solid historical evidence.  Certainly, few sights are more festive than those colorful Georgian doors when they are adorned with holiday wreaths of holly and ivy.  And the twinkling lights of the decorations […]

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The Sound and Symbol of Ireland

The end of the year is a time rich in tradition, and traditional music.  Christmas carols will soon be playing, and while everyone has their own favorites, hearing classic carols on the Celtic harp is always special and beautiful. For many people, nothing says Christmas like the gentle strains of Silent Night or Away in […]

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Ireland’s Love of Earrings Is Ancient History

When the topic of ancient Irish jewelry comes up, people tend to think of the Tara brooch, but brooches and cloak pins aren’t the only ornaments the ancient peoples of Ireland wore. Our fashion-conscious ancestors apparently wore earrings too.  The National Museum of Ireland owns earrings dating back to 800 – 700 BC – centuries […]

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Get Tied Up in Knots

Knots don’t always get much respect.  Think about how we use the word.  Don’t get your knickers in a knot.  My stomach’s in knots.  Not much good about knots in those phrases.  But when you are talking about jewelry and design, Ireland wrote the book on knots, and the whole world wants to read it… […]

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It’s Not Because of the Beer that We’re Harping On

The more astute may have noticed that both the Irish government and a particularly popular purveyor of a brand of stout associated with this island both use a harp as a symbol.  It isn’t the same harp, mind you, due to copyright laws, but these aren’t the only examples of the harp as a symbol […]

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