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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. Understanding the Celtic Calendar
The Celtic calendar, or Wheel of the Year as it is sometimes called, is also reflected in modern Irish culture. The old Cross Quarter Days still give their Irish names to the months of February, May, August and November.

3. Recipe For A Celtic Feast
A recent Celtic Blessing celebrating the renewal of a couple's wedding vows included the four essential elements for making the Celtic Blessing an authentic Irish feast.

4. An Irish American Angel
Margaret Haughery,an Irishwoman who immigrated as a child to the USA, is famous as New Orleans Bread Lady, or even the Angel of the Delta. Her selfless charitable work on behalf of orphans and the destitute made her a well-respected and loved citizen of the Big Easy.

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. Irish Author Dermot Healy Dies Aged 66
The Irish nation is saddened at the passing this week of author Dermot Healy. While Seamus Heaney was Ireland’s international literary star, it was Healy who was a national star, one who was actively engaged in cultivating the next generation of Irish writers. His contribution to the Irish arts wi

7. Generosity Is a Way of Irish Life
According to the Charities Aid Foundation, Ireland has featured in the top ten most generous countries in the world since 2010. This was despite, or perhaps even because, of the economic austerity measures and recession.

8. How to Find a Fairy in Ireland
Fairies do not always come in the form of leprechauns. These earth elementals can be spotted in places of outstanding natural beauty. But be aware that now you see them, now you don't! They take a dim view of trespassers as well, nor do they lodge deeds of ownership with the Irish Land Registry.

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

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



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