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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. Irish Recipes for Christmas
Here are a few wonderful Irish recipes for you to share during the holidays. Family visiting, children being extra especially good, friends come bringing cheer...there's nothing like the aroma of Christmas cooking to set mouths watering in anticipation of a happy holiday!

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. 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.

4. Some Irish Christmas Traditions
The more things change, the more they stay the same - if a bit altered with the fashions of the current decade. Here are six traditions that make up an Irish Christmas; family, food, time off, lights, a little religion and some straw men.

5. Christmas in Ireland
An Irish Christmas is both holy day and holiday. It's a warm, friendly season that lasts from Advent 'til Little Christmas.

6. Irish Christ Carols and Music
While many of the old Christmas Carol chestnuts are popular in Ireland, this article will alert you to some carols composed in Ireland or by Irish musicians. There are ancient and very modern Irish Christmas songs.

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. Book Review Ordinary Dogs
Another in the series of Irish published or Irish culture themed books reviews to help you fill Santa's sack. Ordinary Dogs: A Story of Two Lives is one for dog lovers who will also appreciate a memoir of how two mongrels played a crucial role in an Irish Times' writer's life.

9. Dublin for Free
Irish Culture lovers will be pleased to find that Dublin has a host of things to do and see that are free.

10. The Island of the White Cow
This is a book review of Deborah Tall's classic memoir of her time living on Inishbofin, the isle of the white cow, during the 1970s. She records a vanishing way of life with great tenderness and evokes it with the lyricism of a poet.



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