Shanore News

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

What Would President Trump Do?

Presidential elections are only a year away in the United States, and it looks like it could be a very long, very tense year for the estimated 50,000 Irish in America without authorization.  Republican candidate Donald Trump has made his anti-immigration stance a central part of his campaign, and his comments about immigrants, particularly Mexicans, have […]

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What Lurks Beyond the Pale?

Jackeens and culchies and boggers, oh my!  Is the real Ireland Dublin’s fair city, the nation’s capital, or is it out there beyond the Pale? People often use the phrase ‘beyond the Pale’ without having the slightest notion of what ‘the Pale’ is.  They usually know the phrase refers to something beyond civilized standards of […]

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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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Why Is the Confederate Flag in Northern Ireland?!

The confederate flag in Northern Ireland

The Confederate battle flag has been a very hot topic in the USA lately, since photos of a self-avowed white supremacist who allegedly murdered nine people in North Carolina have surfaced featuring the suspect with the flag.  Americans have been doing some soul searching about how casual many white Americans are about a flag that […]

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It’s All in What You Believe

What do you know about Ireland? That is to ask, “what do you know for a fact about Ireland?” Knowing suggests being certain of things. But if I were to then ask you,”what do you believe about Ireland,” I would probably get a very different answer. You might know that Dublin is the capital and that […]

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What Is a Traditional Irish Marriage Anyway?

Across Ireland and the United States, there is much discussion of marriage, equal marriage and traditional marriage.  But these discussions often lack a historic dimension.  Marriage in Ireland has changed and evolved greatly over the ages.  Marriage in Brehon times was quite unlike marriage now, although some aspects of a wedding in Brehon times are […]

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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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