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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. Camping and Glamping in Ireland
Camping, caravaning and glamping are all popular ways that Irish residents vacation. Recreational vehicles are also increasingly seen on our highways and byways. Here are some sample campgrounds and glamping sites I have visited.

2. 12th of July in Northern Ireland
Heritage can get a bit tricky when you have two in parallel, as you do in Northern Ireland. The 12th of July celebrated King William of Orange's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland.

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. Dancing at the Crossroads
Summer solstice is a very long day indeed in Ireland with daylight from before 5am and darkness not falling until after 11pm. Little wonder dancing at the crossroads was popular at this time of year. The custom is revived now in Leitrim.

5. 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.

6. Irish Assimilation Into American Culture
In the 1800īs the Irish left Ireland in the hundreds of thousands and headed mostly for America. Their assimilation however was anything but easy or pleasant.

7. Celebrating Yeats
Yeats Day is celebrated on June 13th. 2015 marks this literary giant's 150th birthday. While there are celebrations throughout 2015, this June will be especially ebullient.

8. Irish Life In The 1800's
What was life like in Ireland in the 1800īs for the "ordinary" folk. Here is a brief description.

9. Arise, Sir Van the Man!
This week the Queen of England confered a knighthood on Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison

10. Irish Wedding Traditions
Love and marriage, Irish weddings with style.



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