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Here are the top ten articles for the Irish Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Contemporary Irish Literary Culture
Ireland's past has a rich literary culture with four Nobel literary laureates. But the current literary culture is just as rich and even more varied. Here are some of my favorite contemporary Irish authors.
2. Does Heritage have DNA?
Stories are the DNA of heritage and culture. The stories collected by those schoolchildren in 1937 and 1938, and the setting them out in neat cursive penmanship, are like genetic markers on a string of DNA in the human body.
3. The Traditional Irish Wake
The rites for honoring the dead and celebrating their life are still very much part of Irish rural culture. Undertakers may bury but the waking of the dead is still very much in the hands of the family of the departed.
4. Irish Referendum Day 2015
May 22nd 2015 is a day when Irish citizens will vote on the 34th and 35th amendments to the Irish constitution. Whether Marriage Equality passes with a majority 'yes' or not, the campaign has shown the sea change in Irish contemporary culture.
5. Mudlarking with Irish Birdwatchers
Guided walks with a theme and a shared purpose can really make for a special weekend outing that appeals to overseas visitors and Irish residents alike. Here Bee shares her experience out with Cavan Birdwatchers in the west of the county on a Sunday.
6. Irish Life In The 1800's
What was life like in Ireland in the 1800´s for the "ordinary" folk. Here is a brief description.
7. Walking in Irish Wonderland
In a Fáilte Ireland survey in 2013, it was discovered that walking and hillwalking are the most popular activities for overseas visitors to Ireland.
8. Irish Weddings and Handfasting
Irish weddings and commitment ceremonies have changed with the times. Divorce, civil partnerships, and opening up legal marriage to more religious groups has broken the template for the Irish wedding or handfasting.
9. Irish Assimilation Into American Culture
In the 1800´s the Irish left Ireland in the hundreds of thousands and headed mostly for America. Their assimilation however was anything but easy or pleasant.
10. The Holy Wells of Ireland
The Holy Wells of Ireland are an important part of the island's spiritual heritage from pre-Christian times to the present day. Holy wells were the original cure all for mind, body and spirit.
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