Shanore News

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

For the Love of the Setter

The setter breeds have all basically originated in Ireland. This includes the English, the Irish and the Gordon which invariably came into specifics once their individual characteristics developed. These particular dogs did certain things well such as hunting for game which was much needed in their early discovery. Whether it was just for the mere […]

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The Children of Lir

Plenty of European countries have their twisted tales of evil stepmothers, but Ireland’s version is really for the birds.  Well, for the swans anyway.  With apologies to wrongly maligned stepmothers everywhere, Ireland’s version at least features a wicked stepmother who couldn’t bring herself to actually kill her stepchildren and instead comes up with another plot […]

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Of Irish Filmology

Ireland has made numerous contributions to the world cinema over the last several decades. Some of those films stand out as notable and great indeed. The film known as “The Commitments” is perhaps the best known film from Ireland. It was released in 1991 and was a comedy based on the book by Roddy Doyle. […]

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Odes From Ireland

William Butler Yeats wrote: “Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake, There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we’ve hid our faery vats, Full of berries And of reddest stolen cherries. Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a […]

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RIP Dermot Healy, Writer among Writers

Ireland’s great abundance of gifted writers has made literature our best known export, and readers around the world can list the biggest names.   But we also have those treasured authors who are beloved and respected here, while somehow largely escaping the notice of readers elsewhere.  Dermot Healy was one such treasure, and his recent death […]

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