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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.

Contemporary Irish Literary Culture
Ireland's past has a rich literary culture with four Nobel literary laureates. But the current literary culture is just as rich and even more varied. Here are some of my favorite contemporary Irish authors.

Countess Markievicz 1916 Rebel
Sligo born Countess Constance Markievicz became a heroine of the Easter Rising. But her radicalism was not something she was born into; it was a lifelong process that brought her to the Stephen's Green baricades.

Culture Night
Culture Night is an annual, country-wide, all-Ireland institution where Irish art and creativity is celebrated.

Dancing at the Crossroads
Summer solstice is a very long day indeed in Ireland with daylight from before 5am and darkness not falling until after 11pm. Little wonder dancing at the crossroads was popular at this time of year. The custom is revived now in Leitrim.

Does Heritage have DNA?
Stories are the DNA of heritage and culture. The stories collected by those schoolchildren in 1937 and 1938, and the setting them out in neat cursive penmanship, are like genetic markers on a string of DNA in the human body.

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.

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.

Dublin for Free
Irish Culture lovers will be pleased to find that Dublin has a host of things to do and see that are free.

Every Day is Earth Day in a Global Geopark
Happy Earth Day! It's Earth Day every day in a Global Geopark. Ireland has three UNESCO designated Global Geoparks in recognition of the international importance of both the natural heritage and built heritage.

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