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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. 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.
2. Celtic Spirituality and Ireland
Celtic spirituality has experienced a resurgence as the authority of church institutions has been questioned. The publication of John O'Donohue's book "Anamcara" has sparked a Celtic spiritual renaissance that marries the ancient sensibility to make modern sense.
3. St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is Ireland's national holiday as well as a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics. Most of what we know about St. Patrick comes from monastic Lives of the Saint. But are they fact or cleverly spun public relations?
4. Book Review "Lines in Vision"
There are many books out that will give you more in depth knowledge of Irish culture and heritage. The arts are very important to Irish life as a whole. In "Lines of Vision" writers respond to artworks from Dublin's National Gallery of Art, many acquired through a bequest by George Bernard Shaw.
5. Handfasting, an Ancient Irish Wedding Ceremony
Handfasting is an ancient Celtic wedding ceremony that is enjoyed by many couples. Committment by any other name...is still the same. Long life and much happiness to all loving couples.
6. Naturist Tourists in Ireland
Irish tourism is commonly associated with castles, leprechauns, Guinness and the craic. Well, an international conference of nudists chose Ireland from their annual meeting, which changes the Irish tourism map!
7. Irish Life In The 1800's
What was life like in Ireland in the 1800īs for the "ordinary" folk. Here is a brief description.
8. Donegal Crolly Dolls
I received an email asking me, "Where can I get a Crolly Doll?" Good question. It has led me on a quest of sorts. As all quests in Ireland, the answer was not as straightforward as you might think.
9. The Hearth in the Irish Home
Maintaining a connection to nature's elements is characteristic of Irish culture. The open fire, or hearth, provided the gathering place where food, stories and music were shared, being the heartbeat transmitting of Irish culture.
10. Ireland's Megaliths
No visitor to Ireland should miss seeing the magnificent site of Ireland's massive stone tombs or megalithic rocks. There are many types of megalithic rock or standing stones around Ireland, full or mystery and with a soulful resonance.
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