Just returned from a two week trip to Ireland known as the Emerald Isle. Drove around the perimeter of the island, 1700 miles, on windy roads 1.5 cars wide bordered by rock walls covers with growth. The first 10 days were sunny. An unusual circumstance for Ireland. When the rain did come it showered for 5 minutes and then the sun broke out. Really enjoyed meeting the people there who are very polite and willing to talk all the time.
The intense green vegetation covers everything and is freckled with sheep and divided into plots with rock walls. It was strange to see all the mountain top with no trees.
The first inhabitants arrived in Ireland after 8000BC. Over the centuries it has been under siege from Europe and Norman invasions. The north in under the rule of England and the Irish Republic control the largest southern part. The two capitals are Dublin and Belfast. The north uses the pound sterling currency and the south uses Euros.
The Republic of Ireland has shown a strong commitment to renewable energy, ranking as one of the top 10 markets for clean tech investment in the 2014 Global Green Economy Index. Guinness is the main brew but it seemed every town ship had it’s own brew. I really liked the Kilkenny brew. They are generous with the food and drink in the pubs. Bed & breakfast homes are everywhere and are clean and tidy. There are castles and abbeys everywhere and ruins of old rock building thought out the countryside.
I found it a great place to visit had hope to return to see it more in depth.