Shanore News

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

12 Days of Christmas in Ireland

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular Christmas song, but how many people were aware that they signified actual days and specific occurrences? No, I am not talking about the eight maids of milking or the seven swans a swimming etc., but instead about the actual days that correlate to the twelve days of […]

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Pilgrimages to Spirituality

Much of Celtic spirituality has revolved around designs, artwork and various other mediums. It is usually easy to identify a work of Celtic art because of it’s unique characteristics. These symbols included combining religious symbols with overlays and other geometric shapes. The designs are usually very ornate and detailed. One of the most famous examples of […]

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Haunting Historic Graves in Dublin

Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery has long been on the itinerary of tourists who are real history buffs, but in recent years the famous graveyard has gone out of its way to be more accessible and appealing to visitors.  It is home to the remains of more than a million Dubliners, including many who shaped Ireland’s political […]

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Brigid the Triple Goddess

Brigid is a famed mythological goddess of the Celts with not just one key attribute but three distinct ways in which she ruled the ways. Her skills were in healing physical ails, poetry and smithcraft. This would make her the perfect goddess symbol for Shanore, for she would have appreciated the fine metal working that […]

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Too Beautiful to Cross Out

Many of Ireland’s most beloved symbols have been used for centuries; some even go back further than recorded history.  While various symbols have waxed and waned in popularity over time as fashions come and go, one moment in Irish history stands out as a time when Celtic symbols were embraced and exalted by our leading […]

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It Doesn’t Get Any Moher Beautiful than These Cliffs

You can’t go too far in Ireland without discovering some amazing bit of history or stunning scenic wonder, but there are a few spots that rank as must-see destinations for visitors.  While the entire Atlantic coastline is beautiful, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are exceptionally awe inspiring.  Their profile is as famous as […]

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Can You See the Trees for the Forest?

Images of Ireland tend to show rolling green hillsides dotted with sheep, narrow country roads, colorful pubs and villages and beautiful ruins of castles, towers and monasteries.  You don’t see many photos of Irish forests, largely because they mostly destroyed long before the camera was invented.  Farming began in Ireland about 6,000 years ago when […]

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History of the Ha’Penny Bridge

Most tourists visiting Dublin make a point of strolling over this gorgeous iron pedestrian bridge spanning the River Liffey, and many Dubliners cross back and forth over it daily.  It is estimated that an average of 30,000 people use the Ha’Penny Bridge every day. The iron arches topped with lamps give a romantic, cozy charm, […]

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