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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. Naturist Tourists in Ireland
Irish tourism is commonly associated with castles, leprechauns, Guinness and the craic. Well, an international conference of nudists chose Ireland from their annual meeting, which changes the Irish tourism map!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Ireland's Megaliths
No visitor to Ireland should miss seeing the magnificent site of Ireland's massive stone tombs or megalithic rocks. There are many types of megalithic rock or standing stones around Ireland, full or mystery and with a soulful resonance.

5. Northern Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
While there are four Irish literary Nobel prize winners, only Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland; he is also the only Irish Catholic Nobel literary laureate.

6. W. B. Yeats Sesquicentennial
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish literary giant William Butler Yeats. Yeats was the first Irish Nobel laureate of literature and remains a strong influence in Irish culture to this day.

7. 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.

8. Donegal Crolly Dolls
I received an email asking me, "Where can I get a Crolly Doll?" Good question. It has led me on a quest of sorts. As all quests in Ireland, the answer was not as straightforward as you might think.

9. 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.

10. The Black Irish
A brief discussion on the term "Black Irish" and its meaning and derivation.



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