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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. 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.

4. 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.

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. 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.

7. Boxing Day or St. Stephen's?
December 26th is a bank holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but they are known by different names. Many of the customs surrounding this day have a common theme.

8. Ulster Tray Bakes
I had never encounterd a tray bake until I visited Northern Ireland. They can be found in tea shops, bring and buy sales and church halls.

9. 5 Reasons to Visit Ireland in Fall
September is probably my favorite month in Ireland and it is not entirely because I arrived in the month of blackberries, rainbows and startling angles of light.

10. 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.



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