Shanore News

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

When Is the Perfect Day to Propose?

The Christmas holiday season is a popular time to propose.  If you’re one of the many people considering popping the question under the mistletoe, now is the time to start preparing. Before you start pondering how exactly to pop the question, you want to make sure the answer is going to be yes – and […]

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Following Tradition for Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Your spouse is a gem, and you treasure each other.  Your wedding anniversary is a genuine celebration… even if the exact date sometimes escapes you.  The big anniversaries call for big, beautiful presents, and happily we have a long tradition of gifts for each anniversary.    You don’t have to follow tradition in any aspect […]

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Celebrate September with Stunning Sapphire

Brilliant blue sapphire is one of the most delicious gems.  It’s the birthstone for September, and the centerpiece of one of the most famous engagement rings in recent history – that given to Diana by Prince Charles.    What makes September birthdays so special?  It’s a beautiful time of the year in many parts of […]

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Before the Claddagh

The romantic story of how an enslaved Irish fisherman crafted the first Claddagh ring for his beloved is well known, but where did he get the idea for the design?  The ring has roots that go deeper than one man’s artistry and devotion. The Claddagh design first used on a ring but now seen on […]

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A Token Toward Immigration

Many people have stories of how they immigrated to the U.S. and found a better way of life. For one man, his story of relocation is proving to be painstaking. What would you do? Over ten years ago, an Irish man came to the United States. He wanted a better life and his visit hinged […]

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What’s Precious to You?

What makes an object precious?  Is it merely its monetary value?  Its beauty?  Perhaps it is a combination of beauty and symbolism. We talk about precious metals and precious gems, but when we talk about precious objects in a museum what does it really mean?  The National Museum of Ireland contains many, many objects from […]

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Mothers Align No Matter What

Can you imagine being adopted by your actual mother who had chosen to hide the pregnancy? One man has lived this and gone on to share his extraordinary tale. Tim Brannigan is many unique things. For starters, he’s black and an Irish Republican. What that last part means is that he is part of the […]

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Bringing Him Back His Son

Some stories tug at the heart. What has his life been like since being separated from his father? A boy was led away from his father, the only one he ever knew. Now, three years later through luck, chance and what seems like good old-fashioned karma, they can finally be together again. That is, they […]

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Invisible Pain, Irish Pride

Wearing s symbol of your love of Irish pride is usually rather obvious. What about things that aren’t easily seen by the naked eye? When you see someone walking down the street, it is usually easy to size them up rather quick-like. Depending on who you are, you may walk into a store and see […]

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