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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. Doing the Double
This week Bee is all contemplative about the duality inherent in Irish identity. Perhaps it accounts for the strong sense of community retained by many Irish immigrants and their descendents in the Irish diaspora.

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 Castles
Do you prefer you castles to be ruins or to be refurbished into a luxury hotel or conference center? Virtually every county in Ireland can offer you an example of each kind of castle.

4. Irish Heritage Week
The final week of August sees many free events all over Ireland as we celebrated Heritage Week. While this is week's events are aimed at 'backyard tourism' or 'staycationers', overseas visitors can also benefit from the wealth and variety of events around the country.

5. 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.

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

7. The Spanish Armada in Ireland
The history of the doomed Spanish Armada and its partial destruction on the West Coast of Ireland

8. Pronouncing Irish Names
Many of those charming Irish names in books are a complete mystery since Irish is not phonetically the same as English. Here's a handy guide to some of the more popular and mind melting.

9. The Cottage Ceilidh
The craic is always mighty at a cottage ceilidh, especially as we approach Lunasa, the harvest time at the end of July and beginning of August.

10. Irish Assimilation Into American Culture
In the 1800īs 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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