Shanore News

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

The Woman Who Stood up to a King and Stood up for the Poor

Across Ireland this week, children are making square crosses of rushes in honor of a saint who, despite starring in a wealth of legends and shattering the glass ceiling before churches had stained glass windows, consistently plays second fiddle to St. Patrick.  St. Brigid, the daughter of a Druid priest and a Christian slave, was […]

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Swirling Style Loved from Switzerland to Roscommon

Many of us would struggle to come up with much that Irish and Swiss cultures and histories have in common, aside from amazing cakes and a deep fondness for fine chocolate.  The Swiss are synonymous with punctuality, and the Irish, ahem, are not.  The Swiss have the Alps, famous for their breathtaking heights and glorious […]

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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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