Shanore News

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

Celebrating September in Ireland

September is back to school season in Ireland, like much of the rest of the world.  Children are donning their fresh new school uniforms and setting off every morning to learn English, Irish, history, geography, religion and maths. As the days get shorter, the nights are drawing in.  The weather is wetter and less predictable.  One […]

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Pragmatic Tips for Preparing to Propose

Are you having your own summer of love?  Maybe as you’ve been enjoying romantic picnics, lounging on a beach together or just barbequing with friends, you’ve started to imagine your future together stretching out over many years, decades…a lifetime.  If you’ve decided that she’s the one, and you want to propose, it is natural to […]

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Ancient Irish Crannogs: Islands of Creativity

Does creativity require a bit of solitude?  Consider the stereotype of writers toiling away in an attic somewhere.  Virginia Woolf said women need a room of our own, and long before man caves men were retreating to workshops to create all sorts of wood crafts.  Our Irish ancestors had this figured out.  In fact, they […]

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In May, One Shade of Green Shines Brightest

Year round, Ireland is lauded as the land with forty shades of green.  But in May, our favorite shade of green gets the center stage.  This is the emerald isle, and emeralds are the birthstone for May.  It’s quite fitting really.  May is often a gloriously green month in Ireland.  Yes, it’s wet, but spring […]

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Is Irish Your Love Language?

Sure, that book about various ‘love languages’ didn’t mean actual spoken and written languages.  That type of love language is about the many ways we express affection.  But language does something to us.  And an Irish accent leaves an awful lot of people around the world weak in the knees.  The stereotype is that French […]

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April’s Birthstone is the Dazzling Diamond

April is a dazzling month to be born.  The weather is still a bit unpredictable, but it’s improving.  The whole world feels optimistic.  We see more of the sun.  Plants are coming back to life, and the earliest flowers have begun to bud and bloom.  Who isn’t charmed by April?  It’s such a hopeful month, […]

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The Story of Your Shanore Claddagh Ring

You may know the love story behind the original Claddagh ring.  Richard Joyce was a fisherman captured off the shores of Galway and sold into servitude to a goldsmith.  As he worked toward his eventual freedom, he designed the iconic heart, hands and crown motif.  When he returned to Galway, he presented the first Claddagh […]

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Before Patrick: Ireland’s Pagan Past

Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity when he converted Ireland to Christianity.  Now those three leaves are one of the most widely recognized symbols of Ireland.  But our beloved shamrock isn’t the only symbol for Ireland.  Many are much older.  Before Patrick, Ireland had a very rich spiritual life, and it gave […]

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March’s Birthstone Is an Ocean of Beauty

In March, all eyes turn to Ireland as we celebrate our patron saint Patrick.  Around the world, the Irish, the descendants of Irish immigrants and the Irish for a day are all decked out in green enjoying the music and beverages of Ireland.  But St. Patrick isn’t the only one with a special day in […]

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