If you were to do away with the liberal press (US AND Ireland), and take on the thoughts, blogs, posts, from the average person who has visited Ireland, you'd want to visit in the best way!
The beautiful Irish countryside, extremely friendly people, the proximity to the sea, what else could you want? There is always a warm welcome and an openness of the way you are accepted, not as a tourist, but as a friend. The informality, hospitality, friendliness, and helpful tendencies, are all part of the Irish culture. They may make a joke, they may call you a yank, but there is a friendless, a playfulness that shows straightway through.
When my husband I were in Dublin last, we were on our way to rent a car, and for the life of us couldn’t find it. A young mother pushing a pram was coming towards us, and like the bold person I am, I asked her for directions. She not only gave us excellent directions, but walked us more than halfway there, and gave us a hug before she turned around and went the direction she was meant to be going!
The diverse Irish landscape is absolutely intriguing, and not just the western coastline. I’ve spent time from Dublin, to Cork, to Killarney to Limerick. From Limerick to Galway to Westport and Sligo, to Ulster, Belfast, Ballycastle, Meath and Dundalk, it’s all been so beautiful, wind-swept, frozen-in-time beauty. You hear about the horrible weather from the liberal press, but I have never had bad weather on any trip I’ve taken to Ireland, and the warm and cold fronts flowing over Ireland from the Atlantic shape their lives and culture.
I’ve studied and read about Ireland. There is something special about being in a landscape that has been occupied since Mesolithic times, that still has megalithic tombs and evidence of occupation over the centuries. The history of Ireland is rich in history and their rich historical Christian heritage, including Croagh Patrick, Skellig Michael and St Brigid’s Well, among many others.