Shanore News

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

Wrapping Up the 12

The twelve days of Christmas, Irish-style, are coming to a close. And when I say these days are wrapping up, I mean it is also something people are doing in high quantities at this time of year, two days before Christmas. It’s the time where last-minute shoppers are picking up their last gifts and tying […]

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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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Into the 12 Days

We spent last week discussing the twelve days of Christmas and how they are celebrated in Ireland. We talked about the wrenboys and the activities of boxing day, but there were still several days to cover in the twelve days of Christmas. You may be wondering,”what is left?” Well, in Ireland, there is plenty left. […]

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12 Days of Christmas in Ireland

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular Christmas song, but how many people were aware that they signified actual days and specific occurrences? No, I am not talking about the eight maids of milking or the seven swans a swimming etc., but instead about the actual days that correlate to the twelve days of […]

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A Former Foulksrath

It is interesting to read about the history of Ireland’s once domineering and protruding castles. Castles are something of an enigma to people today who live in their modern homes and apartments. When they were originally built, they were not just built to shelter someone’s possessions and their families like houses are today. Castles were […]

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An Irish Christmas Carol

Most of us have heard of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This is the classic story which revolves around Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the three ghosts of Christmas. Ireland has it’s own version of A Christmas Carol that some people have read and consider it their principal Christmas tale. The book is […]

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