Shanore News

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

What the World Would Be Like if Irish Kids Ran It

Children have opinions and insights that most adults fail to recognize. Why is that? Well, because children are as basic to understanding humanity as possible. They do not need to worry about bills, jobs or keeping their homes clean. Rather, the issues that face most children are things like, what they like to eat, drink, do or […]

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Ireland’s Psychotic Seagull Crime Spree

The nation laughed out loud last summer when a Fianna Fáil senator, Ned O’Sullivan from County Kerry, spoke out and declared that Ireland’s seagulls had “lost the run of themselves completely” and stated he was “very much against seagulls.”  He went on to accuse the gulls of stealing candy from children and partying late into […]

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We Do Death Differently Here

The Irish-American community has clung to many traditions from Ireland, and Ireland watches American television shows and wears American brands.  Each has influenced the other in so many ways – but there is one inevitable part of life where the two countries have a complete disconnect.  That’s death.  American culture is relatively quiet about death […]

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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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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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