Ten years on since IrishCentral's launch in 2009 and 80,000+ articles later, North America's largest Irish website takes a look back at its most popular stories over the past decade.

IrishCentral is celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 15, 2019. Ten years on and 80,000+ articles later... Oh my, how we’ve grown! We now have an audience of 3.2 million on average a month and a team split between New York and Dublin. How time flies when you're having fun, eh?! 

As we approach our ten-year anniversary, we decided to take a look back at IrishCentral’s most popular stories over the past ten years.

Funnily enough, they’re not the stories that would stick out in most of the IrishCentral writers’ minds such as the tragic death of Natasha Richardson, in March 2009, or the tragic deaths of six Irish students in the Berkeley balcony collapse, in California, in 2015.

Read more: What does IrishCentral mean to you? Celebrating 10 years of IC

However, the numbers never lie! So here are IrishCentral’s top articles of all time!

#7 The unbreakable rules of growing up in an Irish household

The unbreakable rules of growing up in an Irish household.

The unbreakable rules of growing up in an Irish household.

The Irish are justly famous for their hospitality. But the flip side of this welcoming tradition is that, in every Irish household, there are unwritten, but ironclad, rules of conduct.

Many of these rules seem so normal to Irish people that to see them written down in black and white seems just as hilarious as the fact that we follow them without thinking.

#6 Who were the Black Irish, and what is their story?

The term "Black Irish" has been in circulation among Irish emigrants and their descendants for centuries. Yet, as a subject of historical discussion, it is almost never referred to in Ireland.

There are a number of different claims as to the origin of the term, none of which are possible to entirely prove or disprove.

#5 The real reason why there aren't any snakes in Ireland - it's not St. Patrick

The real reason why there aren't any snakes in Ireland - it's not St. Patrick.

The real reason why there aren't any snakes in Ireland - it's not St. Patrick.

Did Saint Patrick banish all the snakes from Ireland? It turns out the story is a bit more complicated than that.

Legend tells it that in addition to introducing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick banished all the snakes from the Emerald Isle, chasing them into the sea from atop a cliff where he had undertaken a 40-day fast.

#4 11 places in Ireland you have to visit

11 places in Ireland you have to visit.

11 places in Ireland you have to visit.

Top tourist attractions in Ireland no visit to the Emerald Isle would be complete without.

There are several tourist attractions in Ireland you just have to see when you travel the Emerald Isle - from the windswept Cliffs of Moher to the rain-soaked Aran Islands.

#3 Jackie believed Lyndon B. Johnson had John F. Kennedy killed

 Jackie believed Lyndon B. Johnson had John F. Kennedy killed

Jackie believed Lyndon B. Johnson had John F. Kennedy killed

Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the 1963 assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy.

In the sensational tapes recorded by the First Lady months after the President’s death on November 22, 1963, Kennedy revealed her belief that Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons orchestrated the murder of her husband by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald.

#2 What are the top 100 Irish last names?

What are the top 100 Irish last names?

What are the top 100 Irish last names?

IrishCentral has put together a list of the top 100 common Irish surnames with a little explanation of where these names come from.

Whether you're looking to trace your family crest or trying to trace your family roots, this list will point you in the right direction.

#1 How an ancient Irish title died with the last Knight of Glin

How an ancient Irish title died with the last Knight of Glin.

How an ancient Irish title died with the last Knight of Glin.

A 700-year-old Irish hereditary title ended in recent years with the death of the last Knight of Glin. The 29th Knight of Glin, Desmond FitzGerald, died from cancer on September 14, 2011, in County Limerick, at the age of 74.

He had no son to inherit his title. The ancient Irish noble title was handed down by chieftains and has been recognized by successive Irish governments.

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On IrishCentral's tenth anniversary we take a look back at our most popular stories.