Shanore News

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

Ancient Ireland’s Sacred Trees

We are past the solstice now. A pink glow appears on the horizon earlier each morning. The daylight lingers a bit longer each afternoon. At a glance, the trees look as they have all winter. Bare. But beneath their bark, they are preparing for spring. A few have buds or soon will, a visual promise […]

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How to Propose Irish Style

The traditional question our Irish ancestors popped was ‘would you like to be buried with my people?’ Today, it doesn’t sound all that romantic! But you can still find many ways to plan a proposal that embraces Celtic heritage. Ireland really is a very romantic place, and you can bring some Irish romance to the […]

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Trinity’s Library Loans Book of Durrow

A library loaning out a book is normally not a big deal, but when the volume in question is the ancient Book of Durrow, that’s another story. Trinity College Dublin recently lent the precious tome to the British Library  in London for a special exhibit that runs until February 2019. It will join other significant […]

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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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