Shanore News

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

Keep the Wedding Bells Ringing

A lot of people think that wedding bells are only rung on your wedding day.  But an old Irish tradition says otherwise.  Ireland has two wedding bell traditions.  Church bells are rung, of course.  That started because people believed that the sound of bells scared off any evil spirits lurking around.  (You’ll have to provide […]

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You Know Your Mother Is Irish If…

Irish mothers are a special breed.  And Irish people are  extremely close to their mothers.  North Americans living in Ireland often have a moment of culture shock when they realize it is perfectly normal for Irish professionals to phone their mothers from work daily.  They aren’t ringing to check on any alarming medical issues.  They just know […]

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Is Irish Your Love Language?

Sure, that book about various ‘love languages’ didn’t mean actual spoken and written languages.  That type of love language is about the many ways we express affection.  But language does something to us.  And an Irish accent leaves an awful lot of people around the world weak in the knees.  The stereotype is that French […]

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Ireland’s Sparkling Crystal Heritage

While Ireland’s natural beauty tends toward the rugged, our arts and crafts are often extremely elegant and sophisticated.  From the time we were carving elaborate designs on rocks to today’s celebrated Irish designers, Irish culture shows a clear fondness for nice things.  And crystal is one of those nice things we love.  We love to […]

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Irish Christmas Traditions

Streets throughout Ireland are twinkling with Christmas lights.  From Dublin’s bustling Grafton and Henry Streets to the main streets of tiny villages across the island, the Christmas spirit is bright.  Lights shine in arches across the roads.  Trees are festooned with garlands.  Shop windows show off dazzling displays.  Electric candles and signs pleading ‘Santa stop here’ […]

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Celebrate Halloween’s Irish Roots

Halloween began as Samhain, the New Year’s Eve of the ancient Celts. They believed spirits from the other side of the grave could visit.  Celebrate your spooky roots this year with some traditional fun and frights. In ancient Ireland, our ancestors were finishing the harvest now.  They were storing food and preparing for winter.  They […]

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A Token Toward Immigration

Many people have stories of how they immigrated to the U.S. and found a better way of life. For one man, his story of relocation is proving to be painstaking. What would you do? Over ten years ago, an Irish man came to the United States. He wanted a better life and his visit hinged […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Trump?

Apparently, there are many people who are running scared. And where would you guess they are going? Ireland is a beautiful country to visit. But for some, it’s more than just that; it’s their potential home, give or take five months. Yes, evidently many of America’s wealthy have been gobbling up properties and land in […]

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What’s Precious to You?

What makes an object precious?  Is it merely its monetary value?  Its beauty?  Perhaps it is a combination of beauty and symbolism. We talk about precious metals and precious gems, but when we talk about precious objects in a museum what does it really mean?  The National Museum of Ireland contains many, many objects from […]

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