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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. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Hearth in the Irish Home
Maintaining a connection to nature's elements is characteristic of Irish culture. The open fire, or hearth, provided the gathering place where food, stories and music were shared, being the heartbeat transmitting of Irish culture.
5. The Spanish Armada in Ireland
The history of the doomed Spanish Armada and its partial destruction on the West Coast of Ireland
6. 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.
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. A ‘New’ Traditional Irish Food
Seaweed is now enjoying some 'super food' status. Many people don't consider seaweed as part of traditional Irish cuisine, but in the northwest of Ireland the culinary culture persisted. Now , a Sligo woman general practitioner, has created a culinary guide to seaweed.
9. The Nine Great Irishmen
The Great Irish Famine produced much hardship and suffering, yet out of its devastation and horror comes a story to brighten the saddest of hearts.
10. The Black Irish
A brief discussion on the term "Black Irish" and its meaning and derivation.
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