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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. Four Best of Ulster
While the six counties of Northern Ireland were part of the ancient kingdom of Ulster, these days Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are the Ulster counties in the Republic of Ireland. Here are my four favorites from these three.
2. 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.
3. Donegal Crolly Dolls
A bellaonline.com reader emailed a query about where she might buy a Crolly doll. So began a quest for the answer. It is a tale of Ireland's home cottage industries and post-modern Ireland as well as a merry chase for the curious.
4. Four of Best of Munster
In the second of the series looking at Ireland's ancient kingdoms to delineate regions, we look southward to Munster, which includes the Republic's two other large cities - Cork and Limerick.
5. Four Best of Connaught
Cromwell's 'to hell or Connaught' quote is overly harsh on what I consider some of the loveliest landscape in Ireland. And the people are really friendly, too! Here's my four 'besht of the wesht.'
6. Every Day is Earth Day in a Global Geopark
Happy Earth Day! It's Earth Day every day in a Global Geopark. Ireland has three UNESCO designated Global Geoparks in recognition of the international importance of both the natural heritage and built heritage.
7. The Four Best of Leinster
Over the next four weeks we will highlight the must see and do in each of Ireland's four ancient kingdoms - Leinster in the east, Munster to the south, Connaught in the west and Ulster to the north. Here are four of the best of Leinster.
8. A New Taste of Ireland
The recent Taste of Cavan food festival highlighted the many artisan food producers joining Ireland's agri-food sector. Also, it features the subtle change in Ireland's food culture over the past two decades.
9. 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.
10. Women's Christmas in Ireland
January 6th is the Feast of Epiphany. In Ireland it goes by another name - Nollaig na mBan. Here's how it gets the name of Women's Christmas.
Be sure to visit the Irish Culture Archives for all the articles!
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