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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. 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.

3. The Irish Weather
The Irish weather is always with us. This article includes some tips for navigating the variations of Irish weather. If you are preparing for a trip to Ireland you might want to avail yourself of my adivce.

4. 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.

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. City of Saints and Scholars
Dublin may be the capital of the the Republic of Ireland and Belfast the capital city of Northern Ireland. But the city of saints and scholars, Armagh, is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.

7. Book Review Red Haired Girl From the Bog
I am often asked to recommend books for people who are preparing for a trip to Ireland. This book never fails to make the top five on my list.

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

9. Donegal Crolly Dolls
A bellaonline.com reader emailed a query about where she might buy a Crolly doll. So began a quest for the answer. It is a tale of Ireland's home cottage industries and post-modern Ireland as well as a merry chase for the curious.

10. 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!

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