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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. Ireland's Woman Presidents
The two Marys - Robinson and McAleese - ushered in Ireland's transition to a truly modern country. Both these past Presidents continue to influence at home and abroad for reform.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Cottage Ceilidh
The craic is always mighty at a cottage ceilidh, especially as we approach Lunasa, the harvest time at the end of July and beginning of August.
5. 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.
6. Irish Life In The 1800's
What was life like in Ireland in the 1800īs for the "ordinary" folk. Here is a brief description.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Tips for Planning Your Trip to Ireland
Traveling with a multi-generational group? Or a diverse group of friends? Here are some tips for mediating everyones' wishes when planning a trip to Ireland. The current exchange rate on the euro is galvanizing many to plan a trip to Ireland.
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