This is a question I asked myself many times over my lifetime.
What is it about Ireland that attracts people so? What magic draws them, time after time, to this small island hovering on the edge of Europe?
The quick answer is the beauty. Or the history. Or the people. Well, I guess there isn’t one quick answer, is there?
Coming from America, I do know that one of the chief attractions of Ireland is that it is so compact. It’s small. The island itself is only 100 miles by 300 miles. There is no place more than an hours’ drive from the ocean. Within one day, you can travel to countless pubs, castles, stone circles, stunning cliffs or historic houses.
One day driving in America from Miami will barely get you out of Florida, a particularly flat and boring trip along tree-lined I-95. I know, I’ve done that drive…