Shanore News

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

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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Are You Preparing for a Holiday Proposal?

Do your holiday preparation plans involve more than shopping for presents and planning what to do New Year’s Eve?  The Christmas season and New Year are popular times to propose.  Before you ask THAT question, you should ask some questions about engagement rings. Winter is a romantic time of year.  Baby, it is cold outside, […]

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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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