The Emerald Isle, a country full of surprises. One of the most surprisingaspects is the contrast between the new country (the Republic as such is 75years young) and the sense of history which permeates the country. Ireland isa country full of contrasts: on the one hand an old-fashioned love oftradition and a relaxed approach towards life which can be invigorating, onthe other hand a 'high tech' society. It is no accident that many Americancomputer firms have their European headquarters here. The high level ofeducation (and a favourable investment climate) make Ireland an attractivecountry to live and work in.
Tourism is an important industry in Ireland and more and more peoplerealise that the traditional hospitality towards strangers can be profitablein more than one sense. In the rural areas the more traditional attitudeprevails. The Irish are interested in their visitors. Why do you come toIreland? What attracts you in our country? And what do you think about .... ?The Irish love talking to people and they are really interested in youropinions.
And, well yes, it does rain from time to time.
About comparable to the Netherlands, but - perhaps surprisingly - less than in Western Britain. Rain and sunshine alternate, often within the hour.
And 'the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow' ? We haven't found it yet. But, who knows ...