Shanore News

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

Drought & Drones Lead to Discovery

The Boyne Valley is home to an amazing site of Neolithic structures decorated with intriguing and distinctive swirls and spirals. It’s a must-see for visitors to Ireland, and the island’s recent drought conditions have revealed that it is even more amazing than previously known. Historian Anthony Murphy, who has written extensively about the area, was […]

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Will Spring Come with the Equinox in 2018?

Spring can be an awful tease, especially in Ireland. Some say the first day of spring is Imbloc in early February, while others acknowledge it being at the vernal equinox on March 20th. Generally, things are looking a lot more like spring at the equinox than at Imbloc. But in 2018, we seem to have […]

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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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Decking the Halls with Holly

Are you planning to deck your halls with boughs of holly this Christmas? Holly is synonymous with Christmas; it’s a classic holiday decoration.  We see the distinctive, shiny green leaves and red berries on door wreaths, table settings and Christmas trees.  Images of holly adorn wrapping paper and Christmas cards.  But did you know that […]

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A Word about the Roots of Irish Design

They say talk is cheap, but the written word is another matter entirely.  Today, we have predictive text on our mobile devices and universal education and we think nothing of typing out quick comments as we skim social media throughout the day.  But our ancestors had a very different relationship with the written word.  They […]

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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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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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November Birthdays Treasure Topaz

Tantalizing topaz is the birthstone for those born in November.  Loved by the Russian czars, topaz is a rich, dazzling shade of gold not far off the color of some of the brilliant leaves still clinging to trees.    November is the first month of the Celtic year.  The Samhain bonfires have burned out and […]

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