" I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland" Lady Gregory
Traditional and oh so scenic, is it any wonder that Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle? This small isle on the fringe of Western Europe is home to 4.9 million people, but it has a heritage and history which pre-dates the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt. The lush green fields and hills, the historic gems, ancient monuments and undiscovered historic castles will long remain in the memory of those who come here. However, what Ireland is best known for is the people who live here. The image of a friendly nation that goes out of its way to greet and help is not a myth; it exists and permeates every facet of Irish life. "A hundred thousand welcomes" is the English translation of an old Gaelic greeting, 'Cead Mile Failte'. This welcome embodies what Ireland represents to the visitor.
Much of Irish life revolves around the many pubs and restaurants, where the welcome is always warm and there is always a tale or two to tell over a pint of the black stuff. In terms of food, the Irish tend to keep it simple, with dishes such as lamb, Irish stew, homemade cheeses, fresh fish, fish and chips (chippers) and many more. There is a heart and soul to this little island which once experienced is hard to forget.