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Irish Wakes and Funeral Traditions

Description: A collection of information relating to Irish Wakes and Funeral traditions, folklore, and legends.

The Irish Wake is perhaps one of the best known funeral traditions associated with Ireland. The Wake, the glorious send-off of departed loved ones, is a prominent feature of Irish funeral traditions, but is seen less and less often in modern Ireland and is now almost unknown in the cities. But in many country areas the practice of watching over the recently deceased from the time of death to burial is still followed and is an important part of the grieving process, which is why many Irish funerals, outside of the cities, are still preceded by a wake.

 

About Funeral Wakes

About Funeral Wakes
A wake is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home.

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Irish Superstitions Concern in the Dead

Irish Superstitions Concern in the Dead
One thing is for sure; there is no lack of Irish superstitions in the world. The Irish people, my family included, seem to be a very superstitious lot. I don't know about you, but I think this is what gives them their charm.

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Irish Wake Customs and Traditions

Irish Wake Customs and Traditions
Certain customs and traditions surround death in Ireland. Here you can read more about Irish Wakes.

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Irish Wake Games

Irish Wake Games
During the Irish Wakes, there were many hours that had to be filled with something to do. Sometimes wakes could go on for days. Several games where played during these wake hours, some of which would not be so accepted by today's standards.

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Irish Wake Rituals

Irish Wake Rituals
If there is any tradition in Ireland that is common among Irish families it would be that of a burial of a loved one. Although its a sad occasion our spiritual & religious beliefs helps us get through a mournful time. The following is a listing of d...

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Irish Wake Rituals - 2

Irish Wake Rituals - 2
Additional Irish Wake and Funeral Rituals

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Irish Wakes

Irish Wakes
The Irish approach to funeral wakes.

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The Legends of the Irish Banshee

The Legends of the Irish Banshee
Banshee (bean-sidhe) means 'Faerie woman' or 'woman of the Faerie mound'. Many legends exist surrounding the Banshees and just how evil is she meant to be.

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