Shanore News

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

When Is the Perfect Day to Propose?

The Christmas holiday season is a popular time to propose.  If you’re one of the many people considering popping the question under the mistletoe, now is the time to start preparing. Before you start pondering how exactly to pop the question, you want to make sure the answer is going to be yes – and […]

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Following Tradition for Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Your spouse is a gem, and you treasure each other.  Your wedding anniversary is a genuine celebration… even if the exact date sometimes escapes you.  The big anniversaries call for big, beautiful presents, and happily we have a long tradition of gifts for each anniversary.    You don’t have to follow tradition in any aspect […]

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Celebrate September with Stunning Sapphire

Brilliant blue sapphire is one of the most delicious gems.  It’s the birthstone for September, and the centerpiece of one of the most famous engagement rings in recent history – that given to Diana by Prince Charles.    What makes September birthdays so special?  It’s a beautiful time of the year in many parts of […]

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What’s the best time of year to get Married?

Many things influence when you chose to have your wedding, but did you know there is an old Irish verse predicting how the month of your wedding will affect your married life? June isn’t the only month to get married, and there are advantages and disadvantages to every month. If you don’t have a particular […]

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Where Would You Rather Spend Paddy’s Day?

Dublin hosts a massive festival with events over a few days, but it isn’t the only St. Patrick’s Day party around. Rural towns around the island offer a different kind of charm for our national holiday. Which is more your style? Ireland’s capital city puts on a dazzling celebration for our national holiday, St. Patrick’s […]

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The Politics of Flowers

Valentine’s and Easter mean it is time for flowers! Flowers are a language of their own, and that language has an Irish dialect that isn’t quite like the language of flowers in North America. Knowing your flowers can keep you out of trouble… especially if you’re planning to give them to someone Irish. We Irish […]

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Don’t Touch that Tree – Christmas Isn’t Over Yet!

Christmas has 12 days. Why celebrate just the first one? You have no doubt heard the famous carol The Twelve Days of Christmas; perhaps you’ve even heard the hilarious Irish spoof on it.  But you know which days are the 12 days of Christmas or why there are 12 of them?  Traditionally, Christmas begins on […]

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Ireland Seems to Love Him, but Who Was St. Stephen?

In Ireland, St. Stephen’s Day is a holiday and St. Stephen’s Green is a beloved, popular Dublin park.  So who was Stephen? The second day of Christmas is December 26th, and in Ireland, we celebrate St. Stephen’s Day on that day.  Now, the customs such as hunting the wren and the straw costumes are more […]

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