Shanore News

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

I’m an Alien, an Irish-American Alien in Westmeath

Most Irish Americans are proud of their identity, and when you are Irish American Ireland doesn’t seem like a foreign country.  The language is the same, more or less.  Okay, we generally don’t realize we’ll have a language barrier until we get here.  The food is not dramatically different, aside from the beer, chocolate, sausages […]

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The Shapes of Ireland

Ireland has several shapes that are exclusively their own. Take the shape of a heart to begin with; many people use hearts and associate them with certain things, but not necessarily an entire country. In fact, when I mention the shapes of Ireland, what images pop into your mind? A very prime and focal example […]

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Bealtine – Ireland’s Summer Fire Festival

While the nights can still be cool, household supplies of turf are running low and no one minds.  The fire is not needed daily now to warm the house.  Instead, it is time to gather wood and start building the frames for bonfires.  It is nearly Bealtine.  We are nearly halfway between the spring equinox […]

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