Shanore News

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

Ancient Irish Wedding & Marriage Traditions

A wedding is a time when we tend to embrace tradition, but what we think of as Irish wedding traditions aren’t the oldest approach to marriage on this island. The Claddagh ring has a very romantic backstory and beautiful symbolism, which make it a lovely choice for an Irish wedding ring. Horseshoes, wedding bells and […]

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What’s Hidden in the Heartlands?

Fáílte Ireland has launched a campaign to highlight a part of Ireland often overlooked by tourists – the midlands. Encompassing counties Cavan, Leitrim, Westmeath, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon and parts of Galway and Tipperary, the new Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands campaign showcases a range of destinations. While many know of the broad, majestic River Shannon and the […]

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Where to Start Digging for Your Irish Roots

Mail order DNA kits have become extremely popular, and more people are discovering exactly how genetically Irish they are. For some, that might be the end of the story. But more people will find it is an answer that leads to more questions. Who were those Irish ancestors and where did they come from? Why […]

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Ireland’s Other Saints

Ireland is widely hailed as the land of saints and scholars. People around the world celebrate Irish culture on our most famous patron saint’s feast day. Patrick isn’t our only patron saint, however. We also have Brigid. But this small island has produced far more saints. Patrick and Brigid are our patrons and most famous […]

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Imbloc: Early Ireland’s Spring Festival

Many Christian holidays are grafted on to the dates of pre-Christian celebrations. The feast day of St. Brigid, Ireland’s other patron saint, is on February 1st, which is recorded as the date of her death. But St. Brigid wasn’t the first Brigid venerated here, and Irish pagans were celebrating on February 1st long before our […]

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Live from Newgrange, Solstice 2017

Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath’s Boyne Valley is arguably Ireland’s most amazing site. Built in the Stone Age, it predates the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. The site gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. Newgrange is ringed by 97 large stones, many of which are carved with intricate designs. The entrance stone is […]

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