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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. Book Review
In the first in a series of book reviews in the run up to Christmas it is hoped that some of these Irish Culture suggestions make their way into Santy's sack. "Lines in Vision" is a good bet for a bedside read. Pretty pictures, too!

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. Celtic Spirituality and Ireland
Celtic spirituality has become synonymous with Irish spirituality. Certainly the former informs the latter in many ways. In this article we explore this contribution to Irish culture

4. Ireland's Megaliths
Most regions in Ireland have some examples of megalith. No trip to Ireland is complete without visiting these huge rocks that have so much mysterious, soulful energy. Megalithic tombs come in many shapes and sizes from majestic passage tombs to hilltop cairns or a dolmen in cow field.

5. Naturist Tourists in Ireland
Ireland is probably not what many would consider the natural venue to host an international conference of nudists. Yet the 34th International Congress of Naturists met in Ireland's most sparsely populated county for their annual meeting.

6. Northern Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
While there have been four Irish literary Nobel laureates, only one has been from Northern Ireland and Roman Catholic. Seamus Heaney's life and background marries the Irish pastoral tradition with the newly emerging post-industrial Ireland.

7. 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.

8. W. B. Yeats Sesquicentennial
June 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, playwright, folklorist and nationalist.

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

10. Irish Traditional Music
Irish traditional music has never gone out of style. It enjoys a great following of ardent fans who are "Mad for Trad." Not just for St. Patrick's Day, Irish music is played every day in venues high and low around the globe.



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