Shanore News

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

Wish You Were Here? An Irish Christmas Primer

Do you ever dream of spending Christmas in Ireland, not in a hotel but with family having a really traditional Irish Christmas?  Maybe the details are a bit hazy.  What exactly would you be doing?  Remember, unlike the some places where Christmas is only one day, in Ireland it is really three – Christmas Eve, […]

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The Irish Christmas Candle Tradition

Irish Christmas decorations are similar to those in the USA, but not exactly the same.  While some enjoy the lights around the window, most houses seem to prefer a few larger light-up decorations.  Signs pleading ‘Santa please stop here!’ and images of the jolly man himself are always popular, but one image stands out for […]

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Can Even Santa Claim Irish Roots?

Across Ireland, towns and villages are starting to get into gear for Christmas.  Streets are being festooned with garlands of lights, but of course it is too soon to turn them on.  Christmas puddings are mostly made by now and waiting for the big day.  Christmas craft market organizers are frantically doing their last minute […]

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Banshees and Púcas and Faeries, Oh My!

Ireland has a unique way of doing most things.  There’s something distinct about everything from our beer to our ancient ruins to our sense of humor.  Even the spooky spirits we might encounter on Samhain/ Halloween are distinctly Irish.  Many people around the world with Irish heritage have researched their family roots, but what about […]

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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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Inspire Your Daughter with Costumes from Irish History

This Halloween there will be an army of princesses hitting the streets in search of sweets, with no small number of witches and ghosts and ballerinas joining them.  Fairies, butterflies and a fair representation of the animal kingdom will be out as well.  But if you have a little girl who wants to embrace a […]

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