Shanore News

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

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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Ireland’s Sparkling Crystal Heritage

While Ireland’s natural beauty tends toward the rugged, our arts and crafts are often extremely elegant and sophisticated.  From the time we were carving elaborate designs on rocks to today’s celebrated Irish designers, Irish culture shows a clear fondness for nice things.  And crystal is one of those nice things we love.  We love to […]

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40 Shades of Romance

In February, we’re surrounded by every shade of pink and red for St. Valentine’s Day.  Pink and red hearts festoon cards and boxes of chocolates.  Florists sell out of red roses.  But what if your beloved just isn’t that into pink and red?  What if she has Irish roots and a strong preference for green?  […]

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February Birthdays Are All About Amethyst

February is a short month, but the days stretch out with a little more sun every day.  The first brave crocus flowers are pushing up to the surface, sometimes showing through the snow.  Their cheerful purple and yellow blossoms promise that spring is on the way.  February is a time for hope, and with St. […]

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3 Top Bridesmaid Trends for 2017

Trends come and go.  Most weddings are a mix of tradition and trend.  So what trends does this year hold for bridesmaids?  Here are three that are very likely to influence a lot of weddings this year and next.  If you’re planning a wedding, you might find some inspiration here.  But the main thing is […]

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3 Irresistible New Year’s Proposal Ideas

Are you thinking about popping the question while everyone is popping corks to welcome 2017?  New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are popular times to propose.  It makes sense.  Starting a new year gets people thinking about starting a new life.  We make resolutions, so why not take the idea further? Only you know […]

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Romantic Irish Jewelry for Christmas

Are you looking for something special for the lady you love?  What about Irish jewelry?  Iconic symbols such as the Claddagh and the trinity knot reflect the romance of Ireland.  Maybe you’re already married or maybe you’re nowhere near ready to consider that step.  Are you looking for something special and sparkly to brighten up […]

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Celtic Jewelry for the Man in Your Life

When you are casting about for a beautiful, meaningful Christmas present for the man in your life, it’s easy to overlook jewelry.  We see so much beautiful, delicate jewelry for women that it’s easy to forget there is also plenty of very masculine jewelry for men.  Men have always worn jewelry.  It isn’t a new […]

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