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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.

Irish Author Dermot Healy Dies Aged 66
The Irish nation is saddened at the passing this week of author Dermot Healy. While Seamus Heaney was Irelandís international literary star, it was Healy who was a national star, one who was actively engaged in cultivating the next generation of Irish writers. His contribution to the Irish arts wi

Irish Christmas Carols and Music
While many of the old Christmas Carol chestnuts are popular in Ireland, this article will alert you to some carols composed in Ireland or by Irish musicians. There are ancient and very modern Irish Christmas songs.

Irish Halloween or Samhain
Halloween, or Samhain, used to be the Celtic New Year. It is still an important festival in the Irish calendar, warranting, like St. Patrick's Day, a bank holiday. The ancient traditions always get a modern twist!

Irish Soda Bread
Loaf tin or round loaf? Wholemeal or all white flour? Soda bread is a staple of the Irish larder, great toasted with jam or buttered with a bowl of stew or soup.

Irish Weddings and Handfasting
Irish weddings and commitment ceremonies have changed with the times. Divorce, civil partnerships, and opening up legal marriage to more religious groups has broken the template for the Irish wedding or handfasting.

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.

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.

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"Ireland Online" is the newsletter for those interested in Irish Culture. Your editor writes directly from the island of Ireland itself. Culture is dynamic so the Irish Culture site covers Irish heritage, the Irish dispora,as well as contemporary Ireland developments.

Some Irish Christmas Traditions
The more things change, the more they stay the same - if a bit altered with the fashions of the current decade. Here are six traditions that make up an Irish Christmas; family, food, time off, lights, a little religion and some straw men.

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