If you're considering going to Ireland, for a vacation, for a business trip, [insert whatever possible excuse you can muster here], allow me to urge you to go through with it. Ireland is a beautiful country, with an emotional history, and is a fun adventure to explore.
Here are some highlights from my journey through Ireland last summer:
I stayed in this adorable town, Kilkenny. It may be small, but it is bursting with artisans, shops, delicious eating, entertainment, and more! Plus, it's small size makes it super easy to walk from one end of town to another in very little time!
Did I mention there's a beautiful castle in Kilkenny? Well, there is! And it's also a tourist attraction you get to go in and explore!
Plus--as if castles weren't stunning enough--Ireland is also full of some of the most gorgeous churches ever built. These are also free to explore for tourists during non-mass hours.
Driving on the "wrong" side of the road is tricky to get the hang of at first, but totally worth it for taking your car out onto the Irish country side! Breath-taking views and LOTS of green all along your journey!
Don't forget to stop and take a rest at the Irish coast line. The sight will be somethign you will never forget.
I also visitied Waterford, a slighter larger city south of Kilkenny. Here you'll find the crystal factory Ireland is much-known for, as well as the above-shown Viking tower, full of history and waiting for you to explore.
Plus, Irish pubs. Need I say more?