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  • n. One who prefers English attitudes, customs or lifestyle to Irish ones.


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Irish seonín, from Seon ‘John’ + -ín diminutive suffix.


  • And it was scarcely to be supposed the poet of the Roisín Dubh had in mind the coming of a shoneen talking-house, a gombeen legislature scrounged and cadged for by whiskey-swilling fixers in the imperial Parliament across the sea.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • But these shoneen men of Presentation are Englified to the core, if such could be said to have a core.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • And he a more miserable shoneen than his old crawthumping humbug of a father.

    Duty, and other Irish Comedies

  • It was not pleasant listening to, or seeing, "The Piper," to many groups of Irishmen, for it cut alike at the Parliamentary Nationalists, the Sein Feiner, and the shoneen.

    Irish Plays and Playwrights

  • So off they started about Irish sports and shoneen games the like of lawn tennis and about hurley and putting the stone and racy of the soil and building up a nation once again and all to that.


  • Under the auspices of the Board of Erin "the shoneen" -- the most contemptible of all our

    Ireland Since Parnell

  • We are served up puppets representing the shoneen with a lisp set over against the patriot who says all the proper things suitable to the occasion.

    Principles of Freedom

  • 'asier one -- spell me Ephabridotas (Epaphroditas) -- you can't! hut! man -- you're a big dunce, entirely, that little shoneen Sharkey there below would _sack_.

    The Hedge School; The Midnight Mass; The Donagh Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three


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