Shanore News

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

Adding This Color to Your Fall Fashion Will Hit a Homerun

celtic jewelry

Fall is fast approaching and what this means along with colder temperatures is that it is time to get ready for a total renewal of closet color palettes. I know we like the summer colors that are bright and airy. Fall colors can be bright too. Autumn is synonymous with dark tones and neutral colors. When you look out of […]

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Ireland Needs to Start Caring About Youth Mental Health Services

Irish mental health services

Ireland has a particularly high youth suicide rate. Out of the European countries, it has the highest suicide rate in females 0-19 years old and the second highest in males 0-19 years old. So it’s especially important that Ireland work on improving its mental health services for young people to prevent suicide and to help […]

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Lughnasa – Proof that the Ancient Irish Were Pretty Modern

Ancient Ireland

In the run up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum earlier this year, we heard a lot of debate about “traditional marriage.”  But those pushing for “traditional marriage” weren’t interested in what really constituted Ireland’s tradition of marriage, and one of Ireland’s Lughnasa traditions shows how very differently our ancestors viewed marriage.  In fact, a few […]

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How Catholic are Irish Catholic Schools?

ireland irish castle

So, Ireland is having a problem with school patronage.  Currently, about 90 percent of state-funded primary schools are controlled by the Catholic Church.  By “controlled by,” I mean that the Church decides admissions policies, who to hire to teach and administrate, and, perhaps most worryingly, the curriculum.  Last year (and, unfortunately, several other times), the U.N. noted […]

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Tiny Houses – Are They a New Thing in Ireland?

Small Irish House

The tiny house movement is becoming a big thing in many places, including this wee island.  The same dynamics are at play in Ireland as elsewhere.  Post-Celtic tiger Ireland faces not a shortage of housing, but a shortage of affordable, available housing at the same time unemployment and the cost of living are quite high.  […]

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Why Visit a Irish Heritage Center?

Irish necklace. Celtic Jewelry

For Irish descendants living outside of the republic, there exists an opportunity to get a dose of fresh, Irish culture without having to go very far. The city of Chicago has a unique Irish Heritage Center which was once an elementary school. It’s conversion into a base for Irish culture has helped it to take on an […]

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Irish Stereotypes: What Judgements Exist?

Irish stereotypes - alcohol

I’ll be the first to say I have heard of  Irish stereotypes for as long as I can remember. I guess what mostly entered my consciousness was that Irish people were shorter, red-haired and friendly. So far, this is not offensive but, it does give a generalization or a stereotype of what people might think of […]

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