Shanore News

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

Why an Irish Panto Beats the Ballet at Christmas

Many American families have a tradition of taking their children to see the ballet at Christmas.  The Nutcracker is hugely popular.  And surely the little ones enjoy the magic of it all, the beauty of the dancing and music, the fun of sitting still in their seats for an evening watching others dance, the joy […]

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Make Yourself a Merry Little Necklace

Christmas decorating does not stop with decking the halls and lighting up the tree.  Tis the season to make yourself or someone on your gift list a merry little necklace or bracelet with festive Christmas and winter theme beads from Tara’s Diary. Dreary winter days are the perfect time to get creative and crafty, and […]

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Why Halloween Is Much Scarier in Ireland

Halloween has Irish roots.  It developed out of the pre-Christian Celtic New Year called Samhain, when it was believed that supernatural creatures and departed souls could come creeping from the spirit world to torment the living.  But that isn’t why Halloween is so much more disturbing here than in North America.  In many ways, Halloween […]

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Croagh Patrick: Ireland’s Holy Mountain

Throughout Ireland and around the world, people march in parades on St. Patrick’s Day in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, but that is not the only walking done in his memory.  St. Patrick’s largest namesake in Ireland is Croagh Patrick, which is known as Ireland’s holy mountain.  More than 100,000 religious pilgrims come to this […]

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First Holy Communion: A Special, Spiritual Day

Around the world, a lot of little boys and girls are getting very excited and thoughtful about a big day they have on the horizon – their First Holy Communion.  It is huge milestone, developmentally and spiritually.  They are old enough to start really thinking deeply and asking meaningful questions about God and faith and […]

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The Irish Christmas Candle Tradition

Irish Christmas decorations are similar to those in the USA, but not exactly the same.  While some enjoy the lights around the window, most houses seem to prefer a few larger light-up decorations.  Signs pleading ‘Santa please stop here!’ and images of the jolly man himself are always popular, but one image stands out for […]

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Can Even Santa Claim Irish Roots?

Across Ireland, towns and villages are starting to get into gear for Christmas.  Streets are being festooned with garlands of lights, but of course it is too soon to turn them on.  Christmas puddings are mostly made by now and waiting for the big day.  Christmas craft market organizers are frantically doing their last minute […]

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